Proverbs 26 4-26-18

It always amazes me how highly I value my opinion, as if how I feel about something matters…

Proverbs 26:12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Yes, God knows much more than us and has our best interests at heart, but it’s more than that. If we think about it that way, we are still looking at our relationship with Him from a selfish perspective (what am I getting out of it?). The fact of the matter is that He is GOD; that alone should be enough to make us want to submit to His leadership.

Lest we think we are the only ones with a problem with authority, let’s read out of the book of James:

James 4:1-10 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? [2] You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. [3] When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

[4] You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. [5] Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us longs jealously?

If we are, indeed, married to the LORD Jesus (Eph. 5:25, 32), He desires us to be faithful to our vows-and rightly so.

[6] But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

[7] Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Satan whispers in our ear things that make us doubt God. We resist Satan by leaning on God’s established promises in His Word. Find out all you can about them!

[8] Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. [9] Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. [10] Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

We must remember that we have been crucified with Christ and we no longer live, but Christ lives through us (Gal. 2:20). Trading our lives for His life is a pretty good trade, don’t you think? Let’s allow Him to live through us today.

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