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1 Peter 5:6 – Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. (KJV)
The beginning of Lent, like the start of a new year, is an appropriate time for us to pause and look back, and ask, "What is it we need to own up to, and stop doing?"
We often do things that are not what God would have us to do — things we regard with pride, instead of humility.
I have a bad habit that I shall disclose. As a devotional writer, I enjoy answering feedback; at the same time, I also count the feedback, to judge how I touched others with the message based on my interpretation of the Scripture, which is God's Word.
That in itself is okay, but when I start to compare my numbers with what other contributors receive, I am off the deep end — engaging in pride rather than humility.
We all strive to take pride in what we do, but when we work for the Lord, we must remember to be humble in all our efforts, and realize that it is not we who are in control but the Spirit of God Who works within us.
Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, forgive our foolish ways, and help us never to forget that it is You we serve. Humbly we come before Your almighty hand, seeking Your will to be done. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.