Proverbs 3 verse 34 says of God,
” …..He….gives grace to the humble.”
What does that look like ?
I think we’re given an example of it in today’s Isaiah reading. Isaiah during his vision of God, said of himself in chapter 6 verse 5:
5 So I said:
“Woe is me, for I am undone!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King,
The Lord of hosts.”
Isaiah had a deep sense of his own sinfulness and depravity before the holiness of God. Such a revelation leaves a person with an intensely deep sense of their need of God and helplessness before Him.
I think that that is part of humility. Knowing our depravity before God, our deep need of Him and helplessness before Him. This causes us to adopt a continual disposition of dependence upon Him, knowing He is our only hope in our helpless state.
After Isaiah said the words of verse 5, a seraphim touched his mouth with a live coal and told him his sin had been taken away (verses 6 & 7). God then asked whom He should send to the Jews to deliver His message. Isaiah volunteered to go and was chosen by God and given the message he should deliver to the people (verses 8 & 9 and on ).
Isaiah demonstrated humility and then grace was extended to him in the removal of his sin, his being chosen as God’s messenger and being entrusted with God’s message.
A case of….grace to the humble.