Detox: Week 3 - Pride - Day 1
Heavenly father, help me this day and everyday to be aware of pride in my life. Show me how to live as a humble servant not only to you, but also to those around me. Help me to have a contrite heart. Amen.
Read: Proverbs 16:18 (NIV)
“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”
Solomon warns us of the dangers of being full of pride. And that pride can eventually hurt us, thus "the fall" (Proverbs v18). In 1 Kings 4:29 - 34 Solomon is called "wiser than all men". Maybe he learned some lessons from his father's experiences. In the story of Jonah we see the heart of God that he loves all people and desires to share his love, forgiveness and mercy with them. Israel had been charged with revealing that message but somehow did not grasp the importance of it. This failure eventually leads to extreme religious pride. Jonah, the prophet, was asked by God to take this message to the Ninevites. A call to repentance and a promise of mercy. But Jonah is greatly displeased with God’s decision to save Nineveh and, as a result, he experiences many trials. However, God continues to use Jonah to eventually deliver his message to the Ninevites.
God desires to show his mercy and offer forgiveness to all people everywhere. He has committed this ministry of reconciliation and the message of reconciliation to us, his church. Just as Israel was commissioned to reveal God to the world (Gen.12:3) so we the church have been commissioned to go into all the world and preach the gospel (Matt. 28:18-20). When we have the attitude of exclusiveness exhibited by Jonah and Israel we fail to accomplish what God has commanded us to do. But when the church takes seriously the command of God to arise and go to the nations of the world, those people who hear the word and respond in faith experience the love and forgiveness of God in life-changing, culture-impacting measure.
Lord, help me to see areas of pride in my life and repent so that I will be effective in taking Christ's message of love and forgiveness to the world. Help me to see the world through your eyes. Amen.