Today’s Scripture: But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. James 4:6

An able, yet a humble man, is a jewel worth a kingdom. William PennGod resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. These words are found several times in the Scriptures-they represent a theme of the Bible. God is approachable, but only with a humble heart. What keeps men from God is pride.

The word “resists” literally means that God lines up His armies against such a person. So here we have a stark choice in life. We can either invite God’s resistance in our lives, or we can invite His grace.

Humility opens the door to grace, but pride ushers in God’s resistance. Think of King Saul and King David for a moment. On the surface, King Saul had it more put together. He was tall, handsome, articulate, battle-tested. David was just an overlooked shepherd boy.

But below the surface, there was a major difference. A chasm wider than the widest sea. David had a heart that was humble and broken before God. Therefore, he invited His grace. Saul had a heart of granite that refused to be softened by God.

We all fancy ourselves as David-but most of us are really like Saul. We’re proud, we have all the answers, and we don’t like to change, but remember, it is humility that invites God’s grace.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder