“Put em up!” two guys face off in a back alley. Their posture is slightly crouched, one foot diagnolly behind the other, fists in the air, they’re leaning forward on the balls of their feet, anticipating the other’s move.
Two cowboys face off in a duel, they face one another with their guns holstered. Hands held inches away from their guns, twitching with anticipation.
“Take aim” is heard above the noise of battle as a row of muskets are lowered and prepared to send a volley of lead into the enemy.
Different cultures and and peoples have had many ways to prepare for a fight. I’m sure you can imagine some picture in your mind of what that would look like. Modern day warfare might be locking in a target, or plugging in the keys to a missile launch.
I want you to keep those images in your mind. Keep the attitudes and the tension in your memory as you read this verse,
“Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” James 4:6b
That word resist, is a military term referring to taking a battle stance. Setting up troops. Drawing your sword if you will. When you puff yourself up with pride, God is getting ready to war against you. He will resist you in life, and it will not end well.
Proverbs 6 tells us very clearly that God hates pride. He considers it an abomination. it’s listed just as high up as murder and lying. When we act and live in pride, we put ourselves in a position that God makes himself ready to war against us. When we humble ourselves however, he gives us grace.
Search your heart to find any elements of pride. Decide to humble yourself. God takes pride very seriously, it’s time we do too.