“It is well for us when prayers about our sorrows are linked with pleas concerning our sins-when, being under God’s hand, we are not wholly taken up with our pain, but remember our offences against God. It is well, also to take both sorrow and sin to the same place. It was to God that David carried his sorrow: it was to God that David confessed his sin. Observe, then, we must take our sorrows to God. Even your little sorrows you may roll upon God, for he counteth the hairs of your head; and your great sorrows you may commit to him, for he holdeth the ocean in the hollow of his hand.”-Spurgeon
I try to daily read a little devotional app called “Daily Help.” It’s all quotes from Spurgeon’s vast treasury of wisdom. Normally, I post them as a note on Facebook, but I thought that this one was particularly rich.
In James 4:6 as well as 1 Peter 5:5, it says that “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Proverbs 3:34 says: “Though He scoffs at the scoffers, yet He gives grace to the afflicted.” And Psalm 138:6 says: “For though the Lord is exalted, yet He regards the lowly, but the haughty He knows from afar.”
Think about these verses for a moment.
It’s a difficult thing, that God could be, or would be opposed to us, that He would scoff at us, or be distanced from us. But it is a certainty if we are proud. Pride is the mystery of sin, it is the foundation of it all. The devil is a liar, but he was proud first.
The antidote for this sin-nature-pride is humility, and true humility is found in only one place -at the cross of Calvary. If you would seek to approach God on any human merit, or even any worthwhile cause, you approach Him in error, and will be rejected. God has chosen to acknowledge one good act, and that, on behalf of all who would recognize the work of His Son.