But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. (James 4:6)
Pride is one of the things that easily overcomes people. Many think they’re humble because they use words like “please” and make polite facial expressions when interacting with other people.
If you want to please God and remain on top you have to learn be humble. If you turn to your esteemed status when you’re confronted by someone who appears to be not of the same standard as you then you are proud. King Saul lost his regard for God when he became king simply because he wanted to please his servants and this made God remove him from the throne.
And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the Lord anointed thee king over Israel?( 1 Samuel 15:17)
To be truly humble means that anyone you regarded still has the same authority and respect that you honoured them with. To be truly humble means that your character and principles are still the same as before. And this is the reason why God never removed David from the throne. David would misbehave but the moment he remembered God, he regained his senses and repented. And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. (2 Samuel 12:13)
Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.( Luke 18:10-14)
Never consider yourself to be indispensable and special because by doing that you are just calling for the Hand of God to deal with you and there are many who have lost everything because of pride. The people who created the Titanic were proud to the point of saying that “not even God himself can sink this ship” and we all know what happened later. It was later discovered that the titanic suffered little damage and it could have survived but the hand of God was not there hence it sank. Even king Nebuchadnezzar became a beast and ate grass because of pride.
The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?( Daniel 4:30)
The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws.( Daniel 4:33)
Learn to be humble at all times and be sober minded when people sing your praises because if you take it to heart you will lose everything. There is one thing I never consider when doing the work of God and that is the reaction of the people because their encouragement or discouragement can easily make you lose sight of God.