Detox: Week 3 - Pride - Day 3
Lord, I humbly pray that you would reveal any areas of pride in my life. I pray that I would hear your voice clearly so that I may do all that you desire of me, and that Jesus would be seen in every area of my life. Amen.
Read: Jeremiah 13:17 (NLT)
“And if you still refuse to listen I will weep alone because of your pride. My eyes will overflow with tears because the Lord's flock will be led away into exile.”
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you were doing something contrary to the way you had been instructed to do it, because you weren't paying attention or listening carefully? In Jeremiah 13, God's people are in danger of his wrath due to their pride and wickedness. They have not listened to his word but have, instead, followed the stubbornness of their own hearts (v.10). Pride has a way of doing that to us as well. We filter out God's voice and his guidance, doing what we perceive to be right in our own eyes. Pride hinders our ability to listen.
In the story of Jonah, because the Ninevites listened and believed Jonah’s message of doom and judgment, they repented. God canceled his plan of judgment on them. There is a clear message in the story of Jonah that God does not want anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance and eternal life. “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promises as some understand slowness. He is patient with you not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9). Even though they were a gentile people, God loved the Ninevites, just as he loves you and me. We must lay down our pride and worldly ways so that we are always in a position to hear the voice of the Lord and follow his leading.
Father in heaven, I thank you for your grace and mercy and that you do not pay me with what I deserve but you offer love, mercy, and forgiveness. Help me to be a good listener and that I would always hear your still small voice. Amen.