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.