The Lord instructs us in His Word to humble ourselves, so that He may exalt us in due time. (1 Pet 5:6) We need to be obedient to this instruction because the Lord has the power to humble any person or thing that He chooses.
And all the trees of the field shall know that I am the Lord; I bring low the high tree, and make high the low tree, dry up the green tree, and make the dry tree flourish. I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it. (Ezek 17:24 ESV)
For he has humbled the inhabitants of the height, the lofty city. He lays it low, lays it low to the ground, casts it to the dust. (Isa 26:5 ESV)
He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. (Lk 1:52-53 NIV)
Even in nature, the trees know who the Lord and the creator God is, and that He has mighty power at His disposal. If the Lord so chooses, He can decide to humble trees, cities, nations, rulers, and individual, influential or wealthy people.
We’re told in Scriptures that the Lord regards (esteems, honors) the lowly (humble) but the haughty (arrogant, self-important, puffed-up) He knows from “afar off.”
Psalm 138:6 (ESV): For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar.
I believe that the above passage is explaining that God does not have a close, warm relationship with haughty, pride-filled people.
However, as our opening line in this article indicates, the Lord will, in His own timing, exalt those who humble themselves before Him. We humble ourselves to God by accepting His Son (Jesus Christ) as our Savior and Lord, and by honoring and obeying His holy Word. We also honor Him by allowing Him to lead us and guide us throughout our lifetimes. This will result in our having a close and personal relationship with the living God, the Savior and Redeemer. Hallelujah!