Just read an article in which the author positioned the Almighty as opposing anyone with pride in their hearts. The author then quoted…James 4:6-7 says, “God opposes everyone who is proud, but he is kind to everyone who is humble.’ Surrender to God!”
The tenor and concept of the writeup triggered a few thoughts:
The Almighty does not oppose anyone. His Will is like a Mighty Inexhaustible Ocean impersonally flowing with inexorable force in one direction. The human spirit is a person on a boat in this water. If the human spirit chooses pride, then it sets its sails against the direction of the mighty Stream. The enormous suffocating pressure of the unyielding Current that then overwhelms and crushes him into compliance, through experiences, is what he calls “opposition”. However, in truth, the Water just is, and it is just impersonally flowing in Its natural direction while paying no heed to him; it is only the misdirection of the sails of the human spirit–through pride–that causes him to swim against the adamantine flow and thus feel “opposed”. But the Ocean just flows, and pays no attention to the whims and caprices of little man on earth.
Honestly, it is even arrogant to feel the Almighty is paying attention to us personally and investing energy to “oppose” us. No, this is delusion. The only opposition we feel is the iron-flow of the Tides the moment we decide the swim against It. But the Almighty, Whose Radiant Power gives rise to the enormous pressure that compels the eternal movement of the Water, is incomprehensibly far away…luminously Enthroned in unapproachable distances. Man does not and can never deal personally with the Almighty; at most he can only experience a microscopic segment of the eternally moving Ocean.
~Ikenna Q Ezealah