God rarely does things the way we would expect. In fact, His take on things often seems diametrically opposed to human understanding. Take Psalm 25:14, for example:
“The Lord confides in those who fear Him…” (NIV)
From a human standpoint, fear is a bad thing. Those who indulge in it, we reason, are weak. The truly successful figures are those who are above fear. At times confidence is valued even above integrity, especially in the business world.
In fact, there are even those who go so far, when carried away by pride, to claim that God speaks to them in a special way, giving them revelation not meant for the lowly, because they have attained some level of super-spirituality. They point to their own efforts in studying the bible, in seeking out mysteries or in time communing with God, as if that alone raises them closer to His level and causes Him to take them into his confidence with heretofore unknown truths.
But then there’s Psalm 25:14, which states quite plainly that those people are not the ones in whom God chooses to confide. He confides in the ones who have a proper understanding of His majesty, of their own utter helplessness and the depravity to which they would sink apart from Him. He confides in the ones who, as a result of this understanding, develop a healthy fear and awe of the Almighty.
With the truly humble, He shares His heart, while those who think they are good enough to be in God’s inner circle actually find themselves on the fringes.
Which is probably why Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” (NIV) There’s a fine line between my confidence in what Christ has done for me, the salvation which He has granted me and my subsequent standing in His Kingdom as part of a royal priesthood, and my misplaced confidence in what I have done for Him. And yet that fine line is all it takes to divide me from communion with Him.
“Though the Lord is on high, He looks upon the lowly, but the proud He knows from afar.” Psalm 138:6 (NIV)