Unmerited

6 But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” 7 Submit therefore to God …. 8 Draw near to God …. 10 Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord … (James 4).

We are inclined to think it is “the humble” who deserve grace from God, and “the proud” who do not, yet James says it is precisely “the humble” to whom God gives His grace! Now, if grace is by definition unmerited favor, how can even the humble merit it? Can the humble possibly deserve His grace any more than anyone else, including the proud? No, otherwise it is not grace.

Thus, wherein does this grace lie? It must be in the making of humility itself. By His grace God causes people to “humble” themselves so that they “submit” and “draw near” to Him. Thus, we have nothing to boast in whatsoever. On the outside it may appear the merit falls with us, yet in reality it is all grace.

Lord, we thank You for Your unmerited favor, which causes us to humble ourselves and submit and draw near to You. Pour out Your grace on us This Day. Amen.