But He gives us more grace. This is why it says: “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”        (James 4:6)

Humility can be a difficult concept for us to grasp. It is often thought of as being weak or spineless, but that is the wrong definition of humility. A fitting example of humility can be found in the responsiveness of a fine horse to the gentle tug of its rider on the reins. When the horse was acquired, it may have been a wild bronco, but when they are broken they respond to its master’s care and guidance.

The Bible describes people as stiff-necked and willful. They demand their own way, which focuses on their selfish purposes of success, pleasure, and approval. In His kindness, God allows difficulties into our lives to break us, not to harm us but to tame the selfishness in our hearts. We normally fight against God and His gracious purpose for us, but when we finally give in and accept His leadership in our lives, we experience more encouragement, strength, freedom, and joy than we ever imagined.

The freedom of the proud is an illusion. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.” ( Psalm 51:17) one that is open to God’s discipline and leading, experiences the true riches of His grace.