“But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ . . [So] Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” James 4: 6, 10
What does it mean when it says, “Lift you up”? I used to think it meant “Lift you up in the eyes of the world, before other people.” Make you look good, maybe even better than other people. I must’ve missed the whole point. Sometime back God told me that it means “Lift you up to Me.” Since I came to my senses, that’s the only thing I’ve ever wanted anyway; to be close to God. To get to spend every day with God. To get to be there when God moves; in my life and in the lives of other people; to see God touch peoples’ hearts and see them changed forever. Wow!
So the simple version of this verse is: if I will only recognize reality; the reality of how little I am, and how big God is; the reality of how smart God is and how stupid I am; the reality of how weak I am and how strong God is; then God will give me grace, even MORE grace than he’s already given me; and He will lift me up to Himself, starting right now; not later; not when we all get to heaven; but RIGHT NOW!