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The Pride of Life

January 1, 2019

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The Pride of Life

We’ve all seen the bumper stickers proclaiming  “The Power of Pride”.     We also know people  who proudly say,  “Yup!     I built this business  from the ground up  all by myself.”     Even King Nebuchadnezzar relates  in Daniel,  chapter 4  how he once proudly boasted  in verse 30,

Is this not Babylon the great,  which  I myself  have built as a royal residence  by the might  of my power  and  for the glory  of my majesty?

Because the king’s heart was so arrogantly boastful  claiming  that all his successes  were due  to his own power,  at that very time,  God caused him  to lose his mental ability  for seven years,  as a lesson  that it is only the Lord  who gives us success   in our endeavors.     At the end  of the seven years  of living like a beast  of the fields,  Nebuchadnezzar’s reason was returned  to him  and he humbly  praised the Lord,  who is the real Ruler  over all things.

Because our pride lays claim  to what really  belongs  to God,  our pride is sinful.     Sure,  we see people boasting about things  all the time.     They boast  about their intelligence,  good looks,  athletic ability,  business savvy,  money,  and everything else  that gives them a feeling  of superiority.     All these things  are actually blessings  from God.

That is why 1 John 2:15-17 teaches us,

Do not love the world,  nor the things  in the world.     If any one loves the world,  the love  of the Father  is not in him.     For all that is  in the world,  the lust of the flesh  and the lust of the eyes  and the boastful pride of life,  is not from the Father,  but is from the world.

And the world is passing away,  and also its lusts;  but the one  who does the will of God  abides forever.

Our life is  from God.     He is the giver  of all good things.     And yet,  God Almighty is not proud — like we are.     Instead,  He is humble.     We see this  in verses like the following.

Zechariah 9:9
Shout in triumph,  O daughter of Jerusalem!    
Behold,  your King is coming to you;    
He is just  and endowed  with salvation,    
Humble,  and mounted  on a donkey,    
Even on a colt,  the foal  of a donkey.

Matthew 11:29    
Take My yoke upon you,  and learn from Me,  for I am gentle  and humble in heart;  and you shall find rest  for your souls.

Philippians 2:8    
And being found  in appearance  as a man,  He humbled Himself  by becoming obedient  to the point of death,  even death on a cross.

We certainly can  and should  be glad and happy  with everything the Lord gives  to us.     That is only right and good.     And  in our gladness,  we are to give thanks  to the Lord,  where it is due,  for we cannot even breathe  or exist  without His life-giving power sustaining us.     In talking about  our sinful pride,  Isaiah 10:15  reminds us,

Is the axe  to boast itself  over the one  who chops  with it?    
Is the saw  to exalt itself  over the one  who wields it?    
That would be like a club  wielding those  who lift it,    
Or like a rod  lifting him  who is not wood.

Our pride is actually silliness.     All this reality is why  2 Corinthians 10:17  says,

He who boasts,  let him boast  in the Lord.

Happy and content  with the blessings  of our Creator  and Redeemer — and striving  to live  to our fullest potential,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  all I have  is a gift  from You.     Let all my living  be in praise  of Your love  and salvation in Christ Jesus.”

Love,
Margaret

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