“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” (1 Peter 5:6, NIV)
Humility is a call to action for everyone. Both young and old. Leaders must not exploit those under their care. Young ones must obey their elders. God is merciful, but there comes a time when your opposition towards God translates to mean opposition from God. In the new dispensation since the arrival of Jesus, God has been so merciful, and so most of the reward for our over-hyped ego is self-inflicted. That is what it means for God to oppose the proud. There is a reward for those who persevere in their humility before God.