In Proverbs 3:34, Solomon says, “The Lord mocks the mockers (scorns the scornful) but gives grace to the humble.” Quoting that verse, James says in his letter, Chapter 4: verse 6; “But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.’ Quoting that same verse in Proverbs, Peter says in his First letter, Chapter 5: 5-6: “God resists the proud, . . . But gives more grace to the humble, . . .” Three verses saying the same thing. God must like people who are humble.
So what’s so great about humility? If you’re humble then God gives you grace. What is grace again? It is unmerited favor. ‘Favor’ means that God (or whoever is giving the favor) is being nice to you. ‘Unmerited’ means you didn’t do anything to get it. James and Peter’s versions say, “[God] gives MORE grace to the humble.” The only thing I can think of that I need besides grace, is MORE GRACE.
Pride is the flip-side of this coin, that “God resists the proud, mocks the mockers, scorns the scornful.” For me that means I should avoid pride like the plague. Even as a common expression, I’m not proud to be an American. I’m happy and thankful and humbled that God allowed me to be born here and get to live here.
I’d say humility is high on God’s list of positive attributes for us, and it should be equally high on ours. We should follow Romans 12:3, “not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, . . . (and verse 16) Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble;” and in James 2, where it talks about not being partial to rich people over the poor.
So, since God is looking at our hearts, please remember to be humble. It’ll show.