Humble yourselves [with an attitude of repentance and insignificance] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up, He will give you purpose]. James 4:10 AMP
In meditating on James 4:10 and searching the Word for greater clarity on its meaning, I was led to 1Peter 5:6 which says something very similar in that it promises that if we humble ourselves to God, He will exalt us.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.
This same exaltation is promised in Luke 14:11
For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
The Greek word for exalt is hypsóō. It means to elevate; to raise to dignity, honour and happiness; to raise to the very summit of opulence and prosperity. What a wonderful promise!!! It’s all that we have available to us in Jesus Christ. However, we must do our part first. But not in our own strength! God gives grace (His empowering Presence) to do this work within us. His grace is sufficient! This exert from a book simply titled “Humility” by Andrew Murray blessed me.
He that humbleth himself shall be exalted. Of the truth of these words Jesus Himself is the proof; of the certainty of their fulfillment to us He is the pledge. Let us take His yoke upon us and learn of Him, for He is meek and lowly of heart. If we are but willing to stoop to Him, as He has stooped to us, He will yet stoop to each one of us again, and we shall find ourselves not unequally yoked with Him. As we enter deeper into the fellowship of His humiliation, and either humble ourselves or bear the humbling of men, we can count upon it that the Spirit of His exaltation, “the Spirit of God and of glory,” will rest upon us. The presence and the power of the glorified Christ will come to them that are of an humble spirit. When God can again have His rightful place in us, He will lift us up. Make His glory thy care in humbling thyself; He will make thy glory His care in perfecting thy humility, and breathing into thee, as thy abiding life, the very Spirit of His Son. As the all-pervading life of God possesses thee, there will be nothing so natural, and nothing so sweet, as to be nothing, with not a thought or wish for self, because all is occupied with Him who filleth all. “Most gladly will I glory in my weakness, that the strength of Christ may rest upon me.”
The promise of humility is for all who will surrender themselves into the hands of our loving, heavenly Father. He is always ready, willing and able to do exceeding, abundantly above all we could ever ask or think. He promised!!!
Grace and peace be unto you from God, our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.