"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom." Proverbs 11:2
It seems to be the case that in order to really seek and receive God's word, there needs to be fervent pursuit of "the grace of humility." First, we must seek it and then receive it. "God will gladly give it to us if, trusting and waiting on Him to act, we refrain from
* pretending we are what we know we are not;
* presuming a favorable position for ourselves in any respect;
* pushing or trying to override the will of others in our context.
This is a fail-safe recipe for humility. Never push, never presume, never pretend." -D.W.