How does it happen? One day I am consciously aware of God at work in and through my life – and praising Him for it. The next day I’m questioning God’s plan and doing things my own way. There’s a wrestling match taking place in my life; will pride or humility win? (click to tweet).
This battle with pride is nothing new. Way back in the Garden of Eden, Satan tempted Eve to doubt God’s goodness.
Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? Genesis 3:1b, KJV
A tricky question
The crafty question gave Eve pause to consider. Maybe God was withholding something from her and Adam that would be good for them. It was true; God had given them permission to eat the fruit of any of the other trees in the garden, but why was the tree of knowledge of good and evil off limits?
With the bait set, Satan slowly reeled her in, assuring Eve that what God said was not true. God merely didn’t want her and her husband to be “as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Gen. 3:5) As Eve considered Satan’s statement, she gazed at the fruit. It was beautiful and appeared to be ripe and delicious. Without getting her husband’s input, Eve made her choice – plucked the fruit and offered some to Adam.
Adam and Eve chose to do things their own way. They rebelled against God. Their actions confirmed they thought they knew better than their Creator.
Before we’re too hard on Adam and Eve, don’t we do the same thing? We know God has a good plan, and we pray for direction. Time goes by as we wait for an answer. We begin questioning God, wondering if He heard our prayers. Instead of continuing to seek Him and wait patiently, we come up with our own solution and decide to put it into practice.
Sometimes the matter of concern seems small. No need to bother God, we can handle it ourselves. We forget the wisdom of Scripture,
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
Who is on the throne?
In either case, we’re falling into the cleverly disguised trap of the enemy. Satan wants us to rebel against God – desiring for ourselves the throne reserved for God alone (click to tweet). It’s exactly what our enemy did:
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Satan rebelled against God, desiring to be the one in authority. Sadly, we do the same thing when we choose to act in pride rather than humility. Before making decisions today, submit to God’s will and renew your mind with right thinking according to His Word.
Do you struggle with pride? What step will you take today to walk in humility?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for reminding me that there is a very real battle going on in my life between pride and humility. Help me fortify myself with Your Truth so I can stand against the enemy’s schemes. Today I submit to Your will knowing that You must increase and I must decrease. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Maria I. Morgan is an inspirational writer and speaker. She is the award-winning author of Louie’s BIG day! Her newest release, Louie & the Leaf Pile, shares the truth about pride in a child-friendly way. Regardless of the age of her audience, her goal is the same: to share God’s truth and make an eternal difference. She lives in the muggy South with her husband, two retrievers, and two Maine coon kitties ~ the perfect mix to fuel her creativity for years to come!