“The Lord is your confidence”

This weeks meditation:  “The Lord is your confidence”
Read: James 3:4-7 and Proverbs 3

In James 3:6 the writer references Proverbs 3:34.  It is amazing sometimes how the New Testament writers can pick one verse out of the entire Old Testament to make their point.  James does exactly that.  As he speaks of pride and humility he makes it clear where God stands on these things.

He says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  The entire third chapter of Proverbs is devoted to the benefits of wisdom, and humility is stressed over and over.  Not a humility that allows everyone to walk all over us, but a humility that gives credit where credit is due.

We live in a world that is very individualistic.  A big part of that individualism comes from the prideful ways we view our accomplishments and successes.  When Proverbs 3 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him…” it is reminding us that our prideful boasting is not the way of God or a reflection of Jesus Christ.

Pastor Milton Hubbard once said, “We take pride in possessions, but it’s said of Jesus, The Son of man hath no place to lay His head.  We take pride in our abilities, but Jesus said, I can of my own self do nothing.  We take pride in our intellect, but Jesus said, As the Father has taught me, I speak these things.”

The one common denominator in Jesus’ life was that his humility always pointed towards heaven. He defered all the credit and praise to God the Father and became a servant to all those around him.  What a fresh approach that would be in today’s “me first” world.

It’s okay to be proud of something and someone as long as we don’t take the credit for ourselves.  We must point to God as the giver of all good things and in humility acknowledge Him in all our ways.  After all, It is because of Him that we live, move, and have our being.

Make it personal:  Pride has a tendency to well up in each of us from time to time.  Be aware of that and be ready to name it when it occurs in your life.  When it does pause and ask God to forgive you.  He will not only forgive you with grace but He will help you to realize the active part He has in your life.

Blessings in your week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life
Arthur Mennonite Church