James 4:10 (ESV)
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.
I saw a quote the other day that read, “Pride must die in you, or nothing of heaven can live in you.” It made me stop and think of the times when my own pride has gotten in the way. If our thoughts are to start with us and end with God, then one thing that is definitely required in the middle of that process is an attitude of humility.
It goes without saying that we have all experienced times when pride has led us to try and handle a situation on our own without any consideration for God’s will, leading and guidance. But the negative effects of pride often go even further than that. When things happen to go wrong in our lives or the lives of those we love, pride can cause us to believe that we had more power and influence over the situation than we actually did. The vicious cycle continues when the resulting guilt causes us to try and fix things ourselves rather than stop and think of how God can take a negative circumstance and turn it around for our good and His glory.
While it’s important that we take responsibility for our actions, we also need to remember that God is sovereign and is able to see His plans come to pass regardless of our involvement. If you’ve found yourself in an endless circle of self-reliance and guilt, take a step back from your situation and remember that God is still in complete control — this is the first step toward the death of pride and the birth of humility.