Verse for Today – James 4:10 (click to read mini-blog)

11 Feb

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”

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Read all of James 4

 This verse in James 4 is found amid of exhortations in which the inspired author instructs believes how to see themselves and live in the world.  I remember when I first read and preached on this passage I was almost embarrassed by the strong language and forceful words.  Verse 10 is mild by comparison.

We’re told to humble ourselves before the Lord… we do this by recognizing his greatness and our sinfulness.  He is the Lord and Master of all and we are unworthy and undeserving creatures.  I’ve said before that when we pray with out faces to the ground, we are modeling the proper relationship between ourselves, others and God.  

A little earlier in this passage an important verse from Proverbs 3:34 is quoted: . 

God opposes the proud 

 but shows favor to the humble.”

That should be reason enough for us to obey today’s verse… and yet there is also a promise… “and He will lift you up.”  How cool is that.


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