Friday, 31 July 2020
Psalm 131 (NIV)
1 My heart is not proud, LORD,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.
2 But I have calmed and quieted myself,
I am like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child I am content.
3 Israel, put your hope in the LORD
both now and forevermore.
One of the most difficult sins many of us struggle with is pride. Let’s be honest. We all struggle with some form of pride. We do have pride in our hearts, nicely hidden, so that no one can see. Unfortunately, no matter how well we tuck it away, it manifests itself occasionally.
Pride suddenly emerges when we get offended due to pejorative comments about the quality of our cooking, shape of our garden, fashion sense, office work, leadership style, biblical knowledge or even after delivering a message in church!
When asked about the worst of sins, C.S. Lewis, had this to say:
“There is one vice of which no man in the world is free; which everyone in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else and of which hardly any people, except Christians, ever imagine that they are guilty themselves. There is no fault which makes a man more unpopular, and no fault which we are more unconscious of in ourselves. And the more we have it ourselves, the more we dislike it in others.
According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison. It was through pride that the Devil became the Devil: Pride leads to every other vice. It is the complete anti-God state of mind.”
It is interesting that CS Lewis says this about pride: “the more we have it ourselves, the more we dislike it in others”. According to Lewis, we nurture pride in our hearts but hate it in others. How ironic!
Pride is never satisfied. It always makes you crave for more. Sometimes it makes you crave for more love, attention, praise, popularity and power. It has an insatiable appetite.
Pride makes us look down on others. It sometimes makes us incapable of looking up to the Son of God, who humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Pride not only causes friction in your friendships and at work, but it also makes us become God’s enemy. The scripture says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6b, HCSB).
Psalm 131 is short but truly joyful to read. As we reach the end of a busy work week, take time to calm your soul (v2). Confess to God on matters regarding pride in your life. If there be any false humility, confess it and speak to a brother or sister for encouragement and prayer. Do not concern yourself with matters too big (v1). Just put your hope in God. He has not let anyone down. He will carry you and help you.
Lord, examine my heart and see if there be any offensive thing within, especially pride. Help me to deal with pride and false humility. Teach me to be humble like Your Son Jesus. In Jesus’ name, I ask. Amen.
星期五, 2020年7月31 日