Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy. Then Naaman and all his attendants went back to the man of God. He stood before him and said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel. Please accept now a gift from your servant.” 2 Kings 5:13-15 (NIV)
Pride Versus Humility
Do you think that you know it all? Do you have every question answered? Do you know every decision to make and step to take? I definitely don’t know it all. I certainly don’t have every question answered. I don’t even know what I don’t know. Take one look at my life and you will see that I have made many missteps. I have left a trail of foolish and unwise decisions. Well, it is very good that you recognize your need for help. Why is that?
You want to know me. Yes, I want to know you. Nothing will hinder you from coming to know me more than pride. Why is that? You tell me. What are you like when you are filled with pride? When I am filled with pride I am self-reliant and self-sufficient. No one can tell me anything when I am filled with pride. Then I think that I know it all. Then I am sure of my decisions to make and steps to take in life. My life could look like a train wreck waiting to happen to everyone around me and no one would be able to flag me down to change my course. Why is that? I would not listen. My pride would make me so sure that I am absolutely right. Has that ever happened to you? Yes, I have gone full speed into bad decisions more often than I want to admit. When you are filled with pride how well have you listened to me? When I have been filled with pride I have had no need to listen to you. I have thought I had no need for you to guard and guide my life. That’s true. That’s why pride will hinder you from coming to know me. I get it.
Nothing will help you more to come to know me than humility. Why is that? You tell me. What are you like when you are filled with humility? When I am filled with humility I am open to listen to whatever you have to say to me. I spend time with you in your word. I listen attentively to your voice. I allow your word to change my heart and transform my mind. I allow you to replace my thoughts and ways with your thoughts and ways. Even the pace of my decisions slows way down. Why is that? I am willing to wait for your instructions. I don’t want to run ahead of you or lag behind you. I want to follow you to wherever you are leading me to do whatever you are asking of me. I especially want you to guard and guide my life. Then you will come to know me as you rely on me. Is that what you want? Yes Lord, I will humbly rely on you so that I can come to know you.
Lord, I admit it. I don’t have the answers. I don’t know every decision to make or step to take. I have been foolish and unwise. I have gone left instead of right. I have stopped instead of started. I have retreated instead of advanced. I will follow and obey you. Amen
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