The battle against pride

Though slow by most standards, I was running along at a good pace for me. Going down the streets of our small town I saw few people out and about. Then out of the corner of my eye I spied 3 or 4 individuals off to my left. Automatically, I picked up the pace a bit until I was well past them. Then the Spirit tapped me on the shoulder to ask, ‘What was that?’ The only answer I had: pride.

I must work hard and build up my discipline for so many things like running, having the right attitude, and studying the Word. Yet with little effort or prep pride flows through me way too quickly and easily. It so creeps up that I don’t always recognize it until later when God brings it to mind.

Pride is a battlefield I must fight on too often. Perhaps for you too as it is one of the greatest instruments Satan uses to keep us side-tracked. This morning I found a verse that reminds me the battle is worth fighting yet again today.

‘Though the Lord is on high, he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he knows from afar.” Psalm 138:6

I don’t want to just know God from a distance. I want to be close and get personal but pride can be a wedge that moves me away instead of closer.

Lord, over and over in the Word you proclaim your nearness to the humble and lowly in spirit. I don’t want to be consumed with pride for it keeps me from being close to you. Work in my heart and life. Teach me. Call me on it and help me to be humble in spirit. I want to be nearer to You today than I was yesterday. Amen!

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