We have a choice to make today. We can set ourselves up against God, or we can put ourselves in a position to be lifted up by God. Easy choice, isn’t it? Presented that way, who would choose to set himself up against Almighty God? Me. You. We all do…
23 Pride brings a person low,
but the lowly in spirit gain honor.
6 “God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”
We do. Every time we let pride be our master, we put ourselves in a more lofty position than we ought to in this world. And pride will bring us down. Pride, itself, will create a time-bomb that ticks away until one day it implodes, collapsing our lives around it.
Pride fuels bragging and maltreatment of others and diminishes self-awareness and self-control. The proud lay their own trip wires.
God opposes the proud. Plain and simple.
God acts against the proud in opposition to their ways. And that’s not a place I want to be. Anytime God is acting against me, and I know it, I want to change teams. It’s time to switch sides. God is the one who created volcanoes and tornadoes and hurricanes. God put the venom in the snake’s jaws and sting in the hornet and the razor-sharp teeth in the shark. I want to be on his side…
God shows favour to the humble. The lowly in spirit gain honour. How?
God works on their behalf. The wind will be at the backs of those who think of themselves as lesser-than. When we come into a situation serving and humble and without entitlement, we actually look like Jesus, who came to this world with that lowly attitude and posture (Philippians 2). God honours that posture.
So how’s your pride these days? Are you re-thinking self-importance? I hope so. We don’t want to be against God, and we do want to act like Jesus…