Pride and humility are more closely linked than one would imagine. Some would say the two are in direct opposition. I say they are the same thing, just with different sources.
In James 4:6, it says that “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Many will look at a confident person and consider them proud. However, pride and humility are both confidence. Humility is confidence in God, pride is confidence in self.
Humility is the key to unlocking grace in our lives. When we realize that we don’t have to trust in ourselves, we can tap into the Source of all confidence.
In Andrew Murray’s book “Humility,” he states:
“Humility is not so much a grace or virtue along with others; it is the root of all, because it alone takes the right attitude before God, and allows Him as God to do all.”
As we gather more and more information, receive revelation and gain experience in life, it is tempting to put trust in ourselves. When we lose sight of the true Source and point it back to ourselves, we immediately receive opposition.
Proverbs 11:2 tells us that pride leads to destruction but humility leads to wisdom. In the New Testament, Paul speaks of a wisdom that is not of this world. This wisdom can only be uncovered through humility. Wisdom is always confident.
God wants to instill confidence in us. Not confidence in ourselves but confidence in Him. This confidence in God is increased in proportion to our humility. It will never be confused with pride when it is pointed to the right Source.
How do you distinguish between humble confidence and pride?