The elderly deacon was encouraging a young, yet very successful, entrepreneur to pray and surrender his life to the Lord. Arrogantly he said, “There’s no need for me to pray. I have everything I can imagine. I am young, handsome and rich. What else is there?”
“Well,” replied the man graciously, “there’s at least one more thing to consider. You may want to think about asking God for humility.”
It is fascinating to recall the fact that God created the universe out of nothing and that unless we are willing to become nothing, the Lord will be unable to make anything significant out of us. Pride is a destructive force in so many lives.
When we come to believe that we deserve what we have and become self-centered and self-serving, we are creating an attitude of self-dependence and not God-dependence. We forget the fact that whatever we have we have by the grace of God, and that our abilities to accomplish anything and everything come from Him. When this happens we tend to become greedy and forget our responsibility to honor God with everything that we have.
The cure for being self-centered and self-serving is humility. Humility shows that we are submissive and dependent on God and that we approach Him in meekness and respect. David said that the “Lord leads the humble in what is right.” God can only lead the humble.
Prayer: Father, we need Your leadership in our lives. Without Your guidance and direction we may achieve much but we will miss the great things You have for us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: James 4:6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”