1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, ESV #Bible
When we exalt ourselves, it brings nothing but judgement, and the opposite reaction we were desiring. Those we seek acceptance or promotion from separate and move away, rather than joining in our exhalation.
One most important thing we need to remember, is that God is mighty, and even His hand is much more mighty than we could be.
If we were to see the mighty Hand of God, we would shrivel up like a grape dried in the sun. Whether we wanted to or not, we would be humbled, and for different reasons.
The Holy Spirit is telling us to just simply humble ourselves and get out of the way, so God can exalt us at the proper time.
Even if God never exalts us, the path or journey of humility is the more noble way to go, and we get to keep those who we desire acceptance from, much closer.
God always has the superior plan or path in life for us to follow. Choosing our own way or path only leads us away from God.
Our reward in humility is finding the real way, and the real truth, and the Joyous Life found only in Jesus the Christ.