Today's Devotional Thought
January 27, 2011 by Wendy Foreman
I recently heard pride described as making yourself God. Our pride can come from accomplishments we’ve done, our job, our wealth, status in the community or perhaps even our children and their accomplishments. When we see those things as things we’ve done on our own without any acknowledgement of God then we are wicked.
Everything we have is God’s or it came from God. He gave us the abilities to succeed in our jobs and to acquire the wealth that we have. He gave our children to us and when he was creating them in our wombs he gave them gifts and talents that would help them succeed in their lives. When we fill our minds with how proud we are of all that we’ve done, then there is no room for Christ.
Rachel and I just recently wrote a bible study called “My Story.” It is based on learning what our life stories are and owning them, both the good and the bad. We look also at how God is in our stories and our hope is that people will see God’s presence in every area of their stories. Sometimes when we look back over our lives it can be tempting to look at all the good things that we’ve done and all that we’ve accomplished and succeeded in and think it was all us. You have to be so careful that your focus is on the Lord and how He is the one that orchestrated your story. Without him we would be nothing.
I am reminded of Job in Job 29 where he talks about how great he was before the catastrophe in his life. Job 29:14-16 “I put on righteousness as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban. I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame. I was a father to the needy, I took up the case of the stranger.” Job 29:21-23 goes on to say “Men listened to me expectantly, waiting in silence for my counsel. After I had spoken, they spoke no more; my words fell gently on their ears. They waited for me as for showers and drank in my words as the spring rain.” Ladies when you read these passages you see that there is a whole lot of “me” and “I” in there. Job appears to be bragging to his friends and God about how wealthy he was, how he was full of knowledge, how respected he was and how he helped all those he came in contact with. This shows me someone who is focused on himself in everything that he has done and accomplished and that he had no room in his thoughts for God. This is so sad to me. God blessed Job in so many ways in his life but when we read through these verses, never once does Job acknowledge the Lord. How about you?
My prayer for you today is that God would show you how He is the one who has blessed you with all the talents and abilities that you have. I pray that you would use them to honor him in your life. Never allow yourself to be so prideful that you turn the focus on you because when you do, there is no room for God in your thoughts.