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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“Lest I be full and deny You, and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or lest I be poor and steal, and profane the name of my God.”—Proverbs 30:9 (NKJV)
Most of our lives we focus on being full. We want our wallets to be full, so we work long hours. We want our homes to be full, so we accrue debt. We want our stomachs to be full, so we eat till we become overweight. We want our schedules to be full, so we over plan and stress out.
When we constantly strive for earthly fulfillment, we end up denying the need for God in our lives. Many are driven by a fear of not having enough, when in reality, our biggest fear should be pride. Pride is the worst. Literally. Pride denies a need for God. Pride destroys.
Most Christians are familiar with the story of Sodom and Gomorrah and cringe at the level of depravity to which the people of those cities sank. However, when you take a closer look at what brought them to that place, it should give you pause: “Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy” (Ezekiel 16:49 NKJV, emphasis added).
We live in a country where people have so much stuff they must rent additional “homes,” aka storage units, just to house their stuff. And yet, the average amount given to charity is around three percent. When we deny our brethren that are in need, we are denying Christ.
We see another example in Luke 12 when Jesus tells the parable of the rich man who was so full he needed to build bigger barns—the modern-day storage unit. When he had met all his needs, he was ready to sit back and relax. We call this the American Dream. Jesus called this man a fool.
Contrast the fool’s attitude with the following exhortation in Acts 20:35: “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’” (ESV).
Instead of striving to be filled with the things of this world, let us instead strive to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge so that we may be filled with all the fullness of God.
DIG: Look up Scriptures on pride and how God feels about it.
DISCOVER: Search your heart and ask the Lord to show you areas of pride where you are denying Christ.
DISPLAY: Share this discovery with a friend. Confession heals.