Tearing down pride
When God sends a message through 3 sources in under 24 hours, one should take notice. So here I sit pondering man’s struggle with pride, my struggle with pride. Pride was the focus of a podcast yesterday, the pride and hypocrisy of the Pharisees in a book this morn, and now in the Bible, Hezekiah’s struggle.
Hezekiah was a godly king who helped restore Judah’s focus on their God. Later in life, however, pride reared its ugly head. The king was powerful, wealthy, and prestigious- fertile soil for pride to grow. The evidence of its presence appeared when an envoy from Babylon arrived in Jerusalem to find out more about Hezekiah’s miraculous healing and the sign of the shadow reversing.
“Hezekiah received the messengers and showed them all that was in his storehouses- the silver, the gold, the spices, and the fine oil- his armory and everything found among his treasures. There was nothing in his palace or in all his kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them.” 2 Kings 20:13
Hezekiah was proud of his accomplishments and of the prosperous kingdom. Yet his pride grew too large and his humility too small so God sent Isaiah to open his eyes.
Pride continues to be a struggle today. Instead of sending Isaiah, God uses his Word as well as his followers to speak to our hearts.
Lord, work in my life. Give me a heart that willingly accepts instruction. Pride closes me off from you and others. Pride keeps me from becoming more like Jesus. Pride is a wall between us. Even though it may be a painful process at times, please pull my pride down. Give me a teachable heart, a heart of humility. Amen