Pride at its very essence is a disagreement with God. It is the ultimate act of independent self-determination. Neither God’s Will, or His Word, carry any weight in the heart of a proud man.
When we read of the Fall of Lucifer we see the first-fruits of pride displayed in the arrogant five-fold declaration of self-will – “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer!” Isaiah writes. “For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’”
Isaiah 14:13-14 ASV
(13) And thou saidst in thy heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; and I will sit upon the mount of congregation, in the uttermost parts of the north;
(14) I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.
We can now understand why “God resisteth the proud.” The word means “to set oneself in battle array against another.” It is not a good thing to have God dress Himself in battle gear and place us in the kill zone of His arsenal.
Surely we prefer a more excellent way? An alternative to war with the Almighty?
James 4:6 ASV
(6) But he giveth more grace. Wherefore the scripture saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble.
Humility is the God-given self assurance that eliminates the need to prove to others the worth of who you are, and the rightness of what you do.
When a man or woman humbles themselves before the Lord, then He lifts them up on high.
Humility is agreeing with God, and experiencing the peace of mind that comes from doing so. A proud man contends with God; a humble man agrees with God. God opposes those who disagree with His will for their lives; and He empowers those who embrace His will for their lives. God resisteth the proud, but gives grace to the humble.