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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Proverbs 11:2 (Pt. 2)  Thought/Prayer: In Tandem:  Pride & Shame. Topics: 2 @ end.

“When pride comes, then comes shame, but with humility comes wisdom.”  (WEB)  Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com.)

Why would shame come in tandem with pride?  Sure, we know we are not to go around enjoying prideful outlooks.  But how does shame come along with it?

There are probably many thoughts about this.  Try this one in this scenario.  We are doing pretty well at something we do pretty well (or sometimes we think we do it quite well).  We are enjoying our successes.  Now what could knock us down?  Well, posited here are two possible answers to that question.

1.  We goof.  We do something that is less than well-accomplished.  And often, if God is working on pridefulness in us, this is not done in private.  We goof before someone else, maybe even a group.  We may become temporarily a bit red in the face (it’s called a blush).  We may feel that others have viewed us as shamed.

2. We are taught a lesson from God.  Perhaps our pridefulness is on full display in our attitudes toward others; our feelings of superiority in some task; our inner feelings of doing this “all by myself.”  But God may have some serious consequences for us.  If this haughtiness is associated with ministry, God may well relocate our high eyebrows down a few inches to near our noses, as He points out (through His inner workings in our hearts which only He can muster) that we are doing this all on our own, and would we please listen to Him? 

Has anyone reading this ever experienced this?  It is not fun.  And the shame we feel in this is greater because it is God who has needed to bring us to attention . . . the attention He asks from us . . . to help us see how our manner of serving Him is displeasing.  And it is even compounded if He points out that we are hurting a fellow Christian brother or sister in the process.  This really brings us the burning face of shame.

This is where His forgiveness is so important.  And, being in the state of shame, we go to Him pleading for forgiveness and the restoration of His fellowship; we then are prepared to listen and to go humbly about our task.

Lord, we praise You that even when we are so full of ourselves (not leaving room for You) that we can come to you for forgiveness and then resume our task with a humble heart.  We especially need this, Lord, when we work with those in LIFE struggles so difficult, that persons will see our humility and never a high-headed strut over what we do.  Then, Lord, lead folks to clearer thoughts about what to do for LIFE in their lives.

Topics:  Pray for humility as we serve the Lord, whatever our tasks.
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