Read James 4
Focus on verse 6-8
In the Old Testament book of Proverbs we read “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18) The problem with pride is that it ultimately destroys those who who choose to allow it to influence their character. Humility, on the other hand, many not gain one any points on the world’s popularity scale, but it goes a long way with God.
In today’s reading James cautions us against pride because it puts us at odds with God.
But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (v. 6-8)
I find it interesting that James mentions resisting the devil in this context, however, it makes total sense because pride and Satan go together like ketchup and French fries. It was pride that caused Lucifer to fall from grace and become an enemy of God. It therefore makes total sense that Lucifer would use pride as one of his main weapons with which to deceive people. It is not easy to maintain an attitude of humility in an atmosphere where Satan is constantly attempting to puff us up with pride, it is only by God’s grace, which He freely provides for us, that we have any hope of escaping Satan’s influence.