Having a close and personal relationship with God is a very joyful experience. It is something that every Christian should certainly strive to have. However, not a lot of people are able to form a strong and intimate connection with the Lord. This is not because the Lord chooses who he wants to have a relationship with but because of our human tendencies. Although there are quite a lot of things that can create a gap between us and the Lord, pride is one of the biggest problems.
God’s strong hatred of pride is well-documented in the Bible. One very strong passage on pride can be found in the book of Proverbs: “Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished. (Proverbs 16:5)”
When we are full of pride, we will not be able to honestly recognize the greatness of God and our powerlessness. With arrogance, we won’t be able to see our human limitations and our neediness for him. This means that we are shutting out the presence of the Lord in our lives. Without the acceptance of our nothingness, we will not be able to commune, more so have a relationship with God.
If we want to draw ourselves closer to the Lord, we need to develop the virtue of humility. To get a clearer picture of the role of humility in our relationship with the Lord, I would suggest that you read Father JC’s wonderful Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Lent.