True humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches, honor, and long life. (Proverbs 22:4 NLT)
This general observation—that fear of the Lord leads to riches, honor, and long life—would have been especially applicable to an obedient Israelite living in Solomon’s God-fearing kingdom. Nevertheless, some have been martyrs at a young age, and some have forfeited all their wealth for the sake of God’s Kingdom. The book of Proverbs describes life the way it should be. It does not dwell on the exceptions.
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7 NLT)
How can you come close to God? James gives five ways: (1) “Humble yourselves before God” (4:7). Yield to his authority and will, commit your life to him and his control, and be willing to follow him. (2) “Resist the devil” (4:7). Don’t allow Satan to entice and tempt you. (3) “Wash your hands . . . purify your hearts” (that is, lead a pure life) (4:8). Be cleansed from sin, replacing your desire to sin with your desire to experience God’s purity. (4) “Let there be tears for what you have done” (4:9). Don’t be afraid to express deep heartfelt sorrow for what you have done. (5) “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor”
Yesterday humility came out strong and today it’s the case again. Key words in both scriptures.
“Lord Jesus may I stay humble before You and the Word. In my challenge may I find answer in your Word. I gives thanks for the time with You. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.”