October 9, 2005

Pride and Humility

October 9, 2005

I love how God takes a hold of the believers’ life, compared to the unrestrained who have no hold. I am not my own. When I belonged to myself I did what I wanted but in the end, as I see now, it amounted to nothing. The appeal of that so-called ‘freedom’ was a deception. A lie. It was in fact slavery to my self, the self that hated God because it loved the world. (James 4:4)

“…even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.” Psalm 139:10

“For I, The Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who says to you, ‘Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” Isaiah 41:13

In this I take great comfort, because as a brutish, ignorant, beastly (see Psalm 73:22) little kid that I can be toward my Father God, I know he holds me no matter how much I might kick or pout. He sees right through it all. Right down to the core of my erring: Pride. And thence, he teaches me.
“Pride is enmity against God” C.S. Lewis once said.

Everyone is born with it.

In our age pride is regarded as a virtue by the world. People are most angered, I believe, when it is offended. In deep study of the Word I find real wisdom concerning my own pride. Things like inferiority and worthlessness can actually be the golden paths which lead you straight to God. Gloss words like self-dignity and self-esteem are really nothing more than inherent forms of self-pride and self-exaltation when you think about it. You are nothing without Christ.

And with Christ, remember: “For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.” Galatians 6:3

“Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;” Proverbs 27:2

“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3 (ESV)

“But worthless men are all like thorns that are thrown away, for they cannot be taken with the hand” 2 Samuel 23:6

“For he knows worthless men; when he sees iniquity, will he not consider it?” Job 11:11

“I have been a fool! You forced me to it, for I ought to have been commended by you. For I was not at all inferior to these super-apostles, even though I am nothing.” 2 Corinthians 12:11

“Abraham answered and said, “Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes.” Genesis 18:27

“For by the grace given to me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.” Romans 12:3

“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 18:14

“So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’? Luke 17:10 (Consider that part of our duty is to be satisfied and delighted in God)

“For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.” 1 Corinthians 15:9

adj. un·wor·thi·er, un·wor·thi·est
a. Insufficient in worth; undeserving
b. Lacking value or merit; worthless

“Therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.'” James 4:6

You wonder about God when bad things are given to you in your life. Something in you revolts against it. It’s called pride. Think for a moment about the good things given to your life. And then know this: God did not have to give any of those to you!
“Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” Job 2:10

So who is anything then?
Jesus says,
“No one is good except God alone.” Mark 10:18

“The haughty looks of man shall be brought low, and the lofty pride of men shall be humbled, and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.” Isaiah 2:11

The truth sets us free. This is real freedom. In his grasp. Walking humbly before God. It is truly great to be a branch of a truly worthy Vine.