Psalm 84:11 (NASB)
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
James 4:6 (NASB)
But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “ God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
A GREATER GRACE – Often I have pondered statements like this one. God’s grace is already great, and wonderful, and glorious. How can there be “a greater grace” than grace itself? The fact that we receive grace by His saving, redemptive power, through Jesus the Christ, is awe-inspiring, to the say the least. The greatest wonder and miracle that God has ever performed (in my opinion) is His provision of SALVATION through His Son Jesus the Christ. Consider this miracle: we have a God who loves us so much that, even though we do not deserve it because of our sin, he provides a way for us to be delivered from spiritual death and eternal hell — the ends we do deserve.
As you can see from today’s scripture, God has a serious problem with those who think highly of themselves. What He does desire are those who “walk uprightly” before him. So, what is walking “uprightly”? Simple – obeying Him! This kind of obedience can only be accomplished through the grace of God — through our faith in Him. There’s a reason God prefers the humble: because the humble are in a place of submission, understanding that they can do nothing on their own. A humble person is a person who bows before the Creator! A humble person will easily prostrate him or herself before God, recognizing their lowliness in the presence of the Everlasting!
So why does God give a “greater grace” to those who are humble? Because the humble acknowledge the grace that God has bestowed on them. Humble doesn’t mean poor, homeless, destitute, weak, or deficient. Humility is the place of total and absolute submission to the God of the universe — the humble know absolutely that they are nothing without God!
So today, as you walk through the experiences of your life, acknowledge that He has designed and allowed everything you are experiencing. This is humility! Observe how things work together for good. This is being humble! Acknowledge God in everything and give Him thanks, no matter what it is you are experiencing! This is falling prostrate before GOD!
Great and Gracious God, please open my eyes to see your grace in my life. Open my heart to see where I can give grace. Open my mind to acknowledge Your grace in my life. Open my mouth to speak grace to those to which You have appointed me to speak. Holy Father, You are the definition of grace as You have shown to me in my life in everything. Father, I love You and thank You for the awesome gift of grace. In the Holy name of Jesus the Christ.