Today’s Scripture: Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
Proverbs 16:18

I remember when we got my son, Jim, his first real suit. He was so proud of it. As he tried it on, I said, “Son, with that suit on, all the girls are gonna chase you. So, you better watch out!” At the age of 5, he didn’t quite understand what I meant. Not long after I made that statement, his sister, Julie, asked him to play tag. He went and put his suit back on and then informed her, “Julie, you can chase me now.” Honestly, I was thankful that his mind went to playing tag rather than thinking he was something special.

Too often in our Christian life, it is the other way around. God gives us a talent or perhaps we feel that we have finally gotten ourselves into shape, and all of a sudden we feel like we are really something. Even if those things are not sources of pride, there is the possibility that we are proud of our spirituality or humility. The truth is that without the Lord, we are absolutely nothing. The minute we lose that realization, we are bound to stumble.

Many people in Scripture missed out on God’s blessings because of their pride. The Pharisees missed the good news of salvation just because they wanted to pride themselves in their works and in their own idea of what Messiah should be like. When David disobeyed the Lord and numbered the people of Israel, there was a heavy price to pay. Because Pharaoh had wealth and a mighty army, he thought he could go against God and all of His people, but things didn’t exactly go as planned. When the father of John the Baptist doubted that he and his wife would have a son, the consequences rendered him speechless.

The moment we lose our upward gaze, we are going to fall down. When our eyes are focused on what the Lord desires for us, our feet stay on the path because we have our focus in the right place. It is when our sights are set elsewhere that we lose our footing. The self-confidence and peace we have should be found in our Savior, not in how we look, what we are able to accomplish, how much we own, or our intelligence. Whatever you have been relying upon aside from the Lord, confess it to Him. Draw your confidence from His strength, His promises, and His purpose for your life.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder