Posted: Wednesday, June 3
2 Samuel 20:14-21:22
Verse of the day:
Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18)
Whenever I have to walk up on the stage to give announcements or give a sermon, there is a voice inside of me that says ‘don’t trip; whatever you do, don’t trip!’
Truth is, after being in church for over 3 decades I’ve seen my share of wipeouts on the stage; some were hilarious, while others were more serious. Falls tend to get less funny the older we get, so if we want to avoid tripping we would be wise to consider this proverb.
When we are proud we are on a collision course with God. James 4:6 tells us that God opposes the proud; he’s proactive on pushing back on this sin that is at the root of so many other sins we deal with. Because of pride I can exaggerate and lie about my accomplishments. Because of pride I can think I’m better than others. Because of pride I can be overly sensitive and care too much about the opinions of others. (What do you think of this devotion so far?)
God opposes the proud, but he gives grace to the humble. Humility puts us on path of God’s grace, freeing us to get our eyes off of ourselves and onto Christ.
Falls become more serious the older we get. Don’t trip!