Selwyn, now looks at another factor that is essential for becoming good receivers of God’s grace: an attitude of humility.
He goes onto say: ” … stand at your real height, look up to God, reflect on His greatness, holiness and majesty, and consider how infinitely bigger than you He is. Then go away and be forever humble.”
As usual, the text – set for reading and meditation – is good [1 Peter 5: 1-11 (NIV), I’ve added verses 8-11]: “To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on God because he cares for you.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.”
In most of the books found in the Bible, we can find a reference to God’s opposition to all those who are proud and boastful – if, it’s a major issue for God then it should be a major issue for us.