Pride is a stumbling block. One second you’re invincible, on top of the world, convinced that no person or thing can stop you and the next you’re lying in the dust and dirt as low to the ground as you can possibly get.
We all know the scripture in Proverbs 16:18:
“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before before a fall.”
But to be the object of God’s stumbling is truly humbling.
I recently found myself on the ground while out on a trail run. I’d been talking to God, feeling pretty good about myself, when I stumbled over a tree root that caught me completely off guard. Lying in the dirt with torn pants and a scraped palm, I sat still and prayed. This time I took the time to listen and realized that God had been trying for a long time to communicate with me. He had been wanting me to hear His message, and I had been too proud to listen. So, He did what He had to do to get my attention: He humbled me.
“One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.”
Satan knows exactly how to push our buttons and play into areas of vulnerability. He knows where we are self-conscious and anxious and where we are proud and overconfident. He hones in on these areas and positions himself in strategic places in order to get a foothold into our lives. He’s quite crafty.
I’m a stay-at-home homeschool mom. I love my “job” and couldn’t think of anything I would rather be doing. God has called me to teach, disciple, and discipline my children. But His will for me is not the same as His will for you. I’ve made the false assumption that my way is the best way, and that’s simply not true. Sly Satan knows I’m a proud individual, and he convinced me that I was being obedient to God while others were not. In my pride, I wrongly assumed that anyone not pursuing my calling was inferior, and in my heart, I condemned others who are in completely different life situations than myself. In my thoughts and in my heart, I have sneered at their decision to work, to send their children to public school, to be other than what God has called me to, and that is wrong.
The truth is that I don’t have a monopoly on God. He calls each of His children to a special place of service in the hopes that we will all seek His face and glorify His name in all we do. The Word is very clear that women are to take care of their homes and teach their children the scriptures, yet even working women can obey these commands. It just might look differently.
“And these words that I command you today shall be upon your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
I know for a fact — thanks be to God — that He has called some women out of their homes to serve in the world as a light on a hilltop. These are the Godly women who seek justice, who correct oppression, who bring justice to the fatherless, and plead the widow’s case (Isaiah 1:17). They heal hearts, bodies, minds, and souls; they pour themselves out to the innocent, the afflicted, and the needy. God has brought these women into my life to show me His ways are so much higher (and better) than my ways. These women have so blessed my life and encouraged my spirit that I cannot deny God is using them in amazing ways.
Whether you’re a teacher, a doctor, a homemaker, or a secretary, if God has laid on your heart a desire to serve in this capacity and you are, then you are acting in obedience to Him. We all must seek God’s will for our lives. His will for you may look much differently than His will for me. God has called me to homeschool and stay home, but that is not His call for every woman. You may think I am foolish for even having those thoughts, and you are right. But perhaps some of you can relate?
I thank God for the Holy Spirit’s intervention. He didn’t leave me to my pride but put that tree root there that I might stumble upon it and hear a word from Him. He convicted me and brought repentance, cleansing, and restoration to my soul. Each day I humbly submit my words and my thoughts to my God that I might not fall again to haughtiness and pride but gain the wisdom of the humble. It’s a daily prayer for me.
Thank You, Lord, that You do not leave us in the dust and dirt where we belong but bring us closer to You as we trust You and surrender ourselves to You.
We serve a merciful God. All glory and praise be to Him!
Friends, if I have offended you in any way, please forgive me.