Memorize: Proverbs 22:4
By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life.
Read: James 4:1-10
If God gives grace to the humble and the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, it follows that you cannot receive grace from God except you be humble and it is your humility that makes you fear God which dovetails into wisdom on your part. It is this wisdom that brings about riches, honor and life to you.
It is pride (the opposite of humility) that makes a man, who is nothing but dust with no fickle of knowledge compared to the ever-knowing God, to resist the Lord who is all knowing. It is the humility of the sheep that makes it follow the shepherd’s instruction and survive. The goat is so full of itself that it prefers things its way. No wonder it is called stubborn goat. Many have asked why a loving God will do certain things that hurt to the creature whom He is said to love so much. A critical study of scripture and meditation thereon will suggest that God does not set out to punish anyone. There are laid down parameters of operation. Anyone that runs afoul of the parameters suffers the basic consequences thereof. For instance, the consequence of plunging into the lake of fire is to get burnt. So, if God says though shall not plunge into fire else you will get burnt, will it be right to hold God responsible for your getting burnt?
The route to success in life is to be humble towards God and fear Him. You do not know better than He does. Because He is love, be confident that He is never out to hurt you. When He tells you to jump, be sure that He will not let you fall: He must have hatched a plan to bear you up that you won’t get injured.
Unfortunately, many people are too knowledgeable than to humble themselves before God. The things of God are too unreasonable to them. For instance, it is not logical to agree that the way up is down, just as it does not make economic sense for the liberal soul to be made fat. The things of God are foolishness to them that will perish. But truly, the foolishness of God is wiser than any man. Why not humble yourself before your Maker today so that He may teach you to get wealth and life may start showing itself kind to you?
Father, I submit myself completely unto you. Please guide me into having life and life in abundance as I progress in you in Jesus name.