“The LORD tears down the house of the proud, but he sets the widow’s boundary stones in place.” (Proverbs 15:25)
We are not proud are we? Maybe we are just proud of our humility? Pride comes in many forms. Are we self reliant, too proud to ask? Do we feel a sense of entitlement in our roles at work? Surely it is the work of our hands that have built this business, family, wealth, or whatever just came into your mind.
When our pride affects our thinking it will ultimately impact our lives, and those in our sphere of influence. He will protect us, and the people in our lives, by tearing down that which is built on pride.
Look at your heart and examine it before God. Best we deal with pride, than fall into a sin with consequences.
Quick Prayer. “Keep me from pride.” Amen
“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18)
Ouch. With a scripture like that it behoves us to remain humble. Humility is not a “I’m just a worm” view it is a perspective that agrees with God and a focus that doesn’t exult ourselves at the expense of others.
It is a position that acknowledges that all we have and all we are comes from God. He is the author and perfecter of our faith, all good things come from Him. To think that we are somehow responsible for the gifts we have or the influence we have is not only proud it is also naive.
Quick Prayer. “Forgive me my self reliance, I put my trust in you Lord.” Amen
“The greatest among you will be your servant.” (Matthew 23:11)
This truth is perfectly presented in the person of Jesus. The greatest of all was the servant of all. As we seek to serve others, God will exalt us. As we seek to be exalted he may well oppose the proud. This is counter to human nature as we all want significance and to be esteemed.
There is a part of us that will use others to advance ourselves. We need to be reminded of God’s way to counter our own ambition. Let’s learn from the Master and learn to serve.
As we choose to be faithful in serving, doors will open that no man can shut, and opportunities will come as we prove to be faithful in the discharge of our God-given responsibilities.
Jesus is our example!
Quick Prayer. “Teach me to serve like you did.” Amen
“Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.” (Mat 5:25)
If you are in business or in any level of authority in the workplace, there will be disagreements and even legal threats. How are we to face these things, and what should our response be?
We are advised to settle quickly to make sure we don’t expose ourselves to greater consequences. There are two options; we are either right or wrong. However, regardless of our view of the situation, we should not place ourselves at risk in court unnecessarily.
Pride can be a great motivator, and it will drive us to push to the limits whether we are right or wrong. The consequences of letting this dangerous emotion get the better of us are self-evident.
Quick Prayer: I will settle if I can as quickly as I can. Amen.