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Pride Comes Before a Fall

Fear of the LORD teaches wisdom; humility precedes honour.

Proverbs 15:33

Battle Drill Daily Devotional

One of the lessons I am continuing to learn in life is: God is God, and I am not.

The problem is, of course, like most people, I want to retain control of my life. I want to be God of my life, even if I am not always honest enough to put it in those terms. But I want to be God in my relationships. I want to be God and have control over my money. I want to be God when it comes to deciding whether I am frustrated with someone, or resentful or wanting to hold a grudge. I want to have a control.

Wisdom begins when we accept we are not God. God is. Realising that God is God is what the writer of Proverbs calls, “Fear of the Lord.” Wise people are humble, which means recognising they are not God. They remain teachable, willing to learn anything from anyone, whether it’s in relationships, finance, career, conflict and any other life challenges you can think of.

Maybe the best thing we can all do today is simply repeat the mantra in our heads: God is God, and I am not. God is God, and I am not. Try it!

Still to the lowly soul
He doth himself impart,
And for his cradle and his throne
Chooseth the pure in heart.

Lord, we thy presence seek;
May ours this blessing be;
Give us a pure and lowly heart,
A temple meet for thee.

John Keble (1792-1866) (verses 1 and 3), attr William John Hall (1793-1861) (verses 2 and 4)

Used By Permission. CCL Licence No. 30158
Copied from The Song Book of The Salvation Army
Song Number 576

Think It Over

Think about the following:

  • Do you think remembering that God is God and you are not might reduce the stress in your life?

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