Confidence or Pride
Posted: Friday, August 2
2 Chronicles 32:1-33:13
Verse of the day
“About that time Hezekiah became deathly ill. He prayed to the Lord, who healed him and gave him a miraculous sign. But Hezekiah did not respond appropriately to the kindness shown him, and he became proud. So the Lord’s anger came against him and against Judah and Jerusalem. Then Hezekiah humbled himself and repented of his pride, as did the people of Jerusalem. So the Lord’s anger did not fall on them during Hezekiah’s lifetime.”
(2 Chronicles 32:24-26)
Pride is actually a really tricky topic for me… in the sense of crossing the line between confidence and pride. I believe there is merit in having a healthy level of self confidence in the gifts and talents God has given us. It would be unwise for me to try to lead a worship service if I was constantly doubting myself for fear of being too confident. But at the same time, there are countless stories in the Bible about how destructive pride can be and how it derails what God wants to do through us.
Here, we see that Hezekiah didn’t give God the due glory for the healing that God gave Hezekiah. And though this passage rather quickly glosses over the infraction, and quickly talks about Hezekiah’s repentance and restored favor with God, the fallout of his pride was actually catastrophic. Because of how obedient Hezekiah had been during his reign, God promises that the fallout would not happen during his lifetime, but when Hezekiah’s son became king it all began. The next chapter tells us that Hezekiah’s son was 12 years old when he became king, which meant his birth happened in the 15 years that Hezekiah was given… and which he had let his pride corrupt God’s plan.
Hezekiah’s son did so many evil things during his reign, and although he was completely at fault for his infractions, it all began when Hezekiah let his pride get in the way of giving God the glory for his healing. There was nothing wrong with Hezekiah being confident in his ability as a king. There was nothing wrong with Hezekiah receiving compliments from the people who traveled to see his land. Where it turned into pride, was when Hezekiah didn’t give God the glory for what he had done in his life through the healing and through his favor during Hezekiah’s reign. Pastor Dan shared this really awesome idea that I think is so applicable. He said that whenever he gets off stage from leading worship, he takes this moment backstage before he sees anyone else to give God the glory for what he did in that service, and I think that is so applicable for the rest of us. God wants us to succeed in the things he calls us to, and if we can always remember to keep giving him the glory for what he does for and through us, we will remain in his favor.