Comments on Verses from Prophets

Jeremiah 50:31 “Behold, I am against you, O proud one, declares the Lord God of hosts, for your day has come, the time when I will punish you.”

The scriptures are replete with warnings against pride. James says God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (4:17). The word opposes is like battles or fights against. God resists the proud but loves those who are humble. The prideful ones will be punished, but the humble will be given the grace of salvation.  Proverbs 6:16 lists seven things God hates, and the first one is haughty eyes.

One of the characteristics of a servant of God is humility. The humility that sees themselves as created rather than creator, who recognizes that they are human and not divine. God will not allow other gods, and that includes our egos. The truth is that we have nothing to be proud of in this world. Everything of value is a gift from God, and man cannot claim to have created anything outside the talent God gives him.

In God’s eyes, the playing field is equal and level. He is not a respecter of persons and cares not how much you or I claim to possess or achieve. Neither of those things is important to God since he owns all and can do all. When we see our needs and own up to them, we come closer to pleasing God.

Task for Today: Don’t think highly of yourself, and don’t listen to those who try to elevate you. You are a sinner with salvation offered through grace. You have done nothing and will do nothing to be proud about accept to accept the given grace. Your pride is covered in the rags of unrighteousness. Today, confess your need for God and your own worthlessness.

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