I’m reading another John Piper’s book titled “Future Grace”, the previous chapter he discussed about ‘anxiety’ (which was so coincidence with the sermon topic preached last week by KD, my pastor in BIC!), and now I’ve moved to the next chapter about ‘Pride’..
Having wisdom, might, & riches will always tempt us to take pride in ourselves at some point of our life, it’s just inevitable for us as a sinful human!
These three things may tempt us to be self-reliance, and this form a powerful inducement toward the form of pride, atheism! Wow, so dangerous isn’t it!?
“A proud man is always looking down on things & people, and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you”
The root of pride is again lack of faith (same as anxiety). We don’t believe in the sovereign rights of God to manage the details of our future -this is called arrogance!
We perceive ourselves to be smart enough without help & grace from our God because pride does not like the sovereignity of God!
James, Jesus’ brother, even identified that pride is behind the simple presumption of planning to go from one city to another!
“Come now, you who say, ‘today or tomorrow, we shall go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit’. Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow.
You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead,
You ought to say, ‘if the Lord wills, we shall live and also do this or that’
But as it is, you boast in your arrogance;
All such boasting is evil” (James 4:13-17)
What a warning we have through these verses!
If I’m planning to go back to Indo on end of July, James says, “Don’t be so sure”.
Instead say, “If the Lord wills, I shall live and I shall go back to Indo on end of July”
James’ point is that God rules over whether I get to Indo, and whether you who are reading this blog live for tomorrow!
“If the Lord wills, we will LIVE…”
Of course this is extremely offensive to the self-sufficiency of pride. What do you think? Not even have control over whether you get to live til tomorrow (or even sleep well tonight?)
CS Lewis wrote this:
“The pleasure of pride is like the pleasure of scratching.
If there is an itch one does want to scratch, but it is much nicer to have NEITHER the itch nor the scratch.
As long as we have the itch of self-regard we shall want the pleasure of self-approval;
But the happiest moments are those when we forget our precious selves and have neither but have EVERYTHING ELSE
(God, our fellow humans, animals, the garden and the sky) instead…”
Lord, humble me! Give me a humble heart!
Forgive me Lord if often I am proudful in things that I only receive from YOU…
“What do you have that you did not receive?
But if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?” (1 Cor 4:7)
Lord, let me always acknowledge Your grace in everything I do and have in my life…
To live by faith is to know that all the products of my living are the products of Your grace..!
Thank You Lord for such a wonderful time listening Your advice n’ encouragement like this..
If the Lord wills, we shall live…
God bless all of you, happy Tuesday! 🙂