“God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6
Not many people like to think about the idea of God actively opposing them, especially if you are a Christian. But one thing my pastor once said has stuck with me. He said that pride is something that survives salvation. Even though you became a Christian, your pride hasn’t been eradicated. In fact, some Christians seem to become more proud once they accept salvation. Self-righteousness starts to take hold. And God hates it. He actively opposes it. In the original Greek, one of the meanings of the verse goes as follows, “God goes to war with your pride, but gives grace to the humble.” That’s pretty startling.
So often in church, I’ve heard people say how the Devil is really harassing them and bringing them a lot of hardship. But how do we know that the Devil is responsible for the hardship a person is experiencing? What if God is gently trying to break down a person’s pride and teach them how to rely on Him? In Hebrews it says to “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons.” Why, when we go through hardship, is our first thought always that the Devil is responsible? What if God is opposing us because of our pride or else allowing hardship in order to work on our character?