Let’s face it: The idol we are most likely to worship is ourselves. There are so many ways for pride to step in. Our normal, everyday actions, which might even be praiseworthy, can seduce us into following our own ways rather than God’s ways – from sports to art to intellectual ability to excelling in our jobs. We can even be prideful of our knowledge of Christianity in such a way that it detracts from real worship. Unfortunately for us, pride – aka leaning on our own understanding – often leads to us falling flat on our faces, like Nebuchadnezzar.
Questions for further thought:
1. Has pride in your own understanding ever led you astray?
2. Have you ever deliberately asked God to help you stop being prideful?
Challenge: Think about how you can catch yourself when you’re being prideful in a way that gets you off track. It’s a hard thing to do, sometimes. Ask God for help.
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