Repenting of our Pride

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Job 42

1 Then Job answered the Lord and said:

2     “I know that You can do everything,

And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.

3     You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’

Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,

Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.

4     Listen, please, and let me speak;

You said, ‘I will question you, and you shall answer Me.’

5     “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear,

But now my eye sees You.

6     Therefore I abhor myself,

And repent in dust and ashes.”

Probably our greatest human error is our pride.  We really do think well of ourselves.  We like our accomplishments and we take pride in everything from our appearance to our work.  We take pride in things we really had very little, if any, part in their production.  We take pride in a house, in a car, in clothes, even in our children.  Probably the greatest folly that we have is when we take pride in our knowledge of God.

God took Job on a journey.  We know that Job was righteous at the beginning and all the way to the end.  But here Job confesses the pride of his heart.  He had great understanding of God but thought that he deserved a hearing before God.  He thought that if he could just talk to God and demand an answer that God would have to give him one.

Again, we are no different.  When life is going well and something about it falls apart, we seldom look to heaven and thank God for the failure or for the disaster.  In time we wish we could ask God why He did this to our peaceful lives.

At the end of God’s presentation of Himself, His power, His wisdom, His ways to Job, Job, having now seen God in a way that he never had before, confesses his pride, repents of it and places himself in complete subservience to God.

Are we there?  Do spend time seeking the face of God so much that when things don’t go well we know that God is with us and that He is in control?  Are we at peace with God, His will and His workings even when they seem to go against us?  Our pride is a great enemy of ours.  May we not allow it to come between us and God but may we live humbly before His face thanking Him for all of His blessings, even when the sun is not shining on us.

Remember to be in prayer for our group going to Rio Bravo Children’s Home in Reynosa, Mexico this Saturday. They leave early and will return next Thursday. Let us remember them and their labor both physically and relationally while they are there.

Next week I will be taking any of our teens who want to go with me and with Faith Baptist Church of Sandwich camping to Door County. I need to know who is going by tomorrow. Any teens can come. The cost is $30.

Have a great day in the Lord, PS


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