Thursday, February 17, 2000
The arrogance of man will be brought low and the pride of men
humbled; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day, and the idols
will totally disappear.
-- Isaiah 2:17-18, New International Version
Ever feel like you are on top of the world and before
you know it, something happens to humble you? Not a whole lot of fun.
Sometimes we even feel as though we have done everything needed, only to find
out there is one more thing. Isaiah talks about it, The rich young
ruler, it seems lived it. "I have followed all of the laws. . .
what more must I do to get into heaven?" "Give up all you have
and follow me."
The young ruler had taken pride
in the fact he lived a good and holy life. He was ready for Jesus to
say, "nothing my son, you have arrived." But the fact was his
arrogance and pride had blinded him to the fact there was more he should do,
not to mention could do.
Hear the Good News, Christ
brings to us a new pride and new confidence. That is to say His presence
in our life gives our life new meaning. Our pride and confidence come in
the form of our humility, knowing all that Christ has done for me, for you.
Live each day knowing Christ has given all he could, for you. Know
someone lives you so much they have not only offered himself for you, but
given himself for you!
Dear Father in heaven, please humble me gently. I don't
want to be shaken, but I am aware I need to be reminded of your presence
instead of focusing to much on myself and becoming too full of myself.
Give me an undivided heart of devotion to you out of appreciation for your
grace. In the name of the Lord Jesus I pray. Amen.