By Pastor Robert Forsberg
January 16, 2014
“Then Hezekiah repented of the pride of his heart, as did the people of Jerusalem; therefore the Lord’s wrath did not come upon them during the days of Hezekiah.” (2 Chronicles 32:26)
There seems to be a bottom line that the Lord works with in individuals. That appears to be humility. Hezekiah had his problems with the Lord because of pride that got in the way of humility.
Humility puts God first and pride raises oneself up. God only works with the humble and disciplines the proud. Is it the case that every leader or person becomes prideful when things are going well? Is it easy to forget where our blessings come from? This seems to be the lesson of our relationship with our God.
We are tempted to pride, believing in ourselves, raising ourselves up as a god. When that happens, our relationship with the one true God turns sour. The only way to sweeten it again is through repentance. This, Hezekiah and the people did, and lived, we could say, happily ever after – at least during his reign.
God loves us even in our times of pride but He insists on repentance to draw us back into a meaningful relationship with Him. Humility is the base line that connects us with our God. Humility is the only way. We must submit to who He is and what he has done for us and humankind. There is no place for a pride that elevates us above our God.
We can have pride in small ways as we go through life but there can be none of it in our relationship with God. He is all in all, supreme, the Giver of our Eternal Life through Jesus. We humbly bow before Him.
Heavenly Father, we bow before You. We humbly repent if we have offended You in any way by exalting our self above You. We are who we are by Your grace alone. All we are is of You. We are at Your service. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Pastor Robert Forsberg is from Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Fairborn and guest columnist.