Be humble before God. Sounds easy, right?
Well, there are a few things that get in our way. First, we tend to be jealous and selfish – so we want to be always happy, super confident, and right (most of the time!). Those things aren’t “wrong” – but they don’t fit when we are trying to be in 1st place in life – that is God’s place. It is hard to be humble because it means putting God first, and others second, and ourselves third – and we hate third place. It is hard to be humble because it sounds like being humiliated – but humbleness in Christ is not humiliating, it is the path to being lifted up to true joy, Christ-centered confidence (in His power not our abilities), and to righteousness (not the same as being right, but being right with God).
So we get the things we truly desire – through the path of humility, following Jesus.