July 28

Today I read, “LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me. Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child” (Psalm 131:1-2). This is what I hope I will live out in front of the world today. I want to live my life without pride controlling my actions or attitudes. This is a daily struggle for me, and I suppose for most of you reading this devotional. If you think about the original sin (and I’m not talking about Adam and Eve), the Devil was filled with pride, and that caused his fall.

In Isaiah 14 the phrase, “I will” occurs five times in two verses as Lucifer described his desire to replace God with himself. Sin started with pride, and I believe pride is one of the major contributors to sin in the world still today. I know it is an enemy that I must face every morning when I wake up. I want to live today apart from pride and haughtiness. I know that God hates pride … He resists those who yield to it … and I know He loves humility … He gives grace to everyone who demonstrates it. I need that grace for the day ahead. I don’t need to have God pushing away from me because of the pride I allow to dwell in my heart and life.

I meet too many Christians today who have allowed pride to cloud their judgment and actions. Too many Christians who are willing to put away humility to promote their own agenda, or their own plan. I hear fewer and fewer Christians saying the words, “I’m sorry,” or “I was wrong about that issue.” Where has the humility gone in our ministries today? Of course, the fact that it is fading brings joy to the heart of the enemy who created it, but I believe it saddens our Savior.

I want my actions to reflect verse two which speaks about contentment. I find that people consumed with pride, are also emptied of contentment. Verse two describes a baby that has just finished eating. Our youngest daughter has a four-plus month-old baby boy. I know that before he eats, he will show his hunger by fusing and crying. Once he has eaten, he is peaceful and content. I want to run to my Heavenly Father for the spiritual nourishment that I need, and then live content with whatever comes my way. I don’t want to be filled with pride, always looking for something that I think I deserve that is better than what I have presently. Today I want to live content to be humble before my God, and to receive, or not receive whatever He believes is best for me. I need the grace of God, so I want to live out these verses from Psalm 131 today.

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