Pride and fear

This Sunday in our bible study class we were studying Proverbs 6:12-19.  We got to discussing pride and why we have pride.  It got me thinking that I believe part of it is because of fear and that if we have pride maybe we’re afraid of giving God total control of our lives and having the mindset that we think we know better and actually have control over our situations and circumstances.

Its easy for us to use our logic and reasoning to think through our situations and reason why things are happening.  But in reality, as Oswald Chambers writes, its God who really engineers our circumstances.  The part we play is that we have a choice to trust in God and the Holy Spirit to guide us through the situations and follow His lead and will or to follow our own reasoning, logic and desires.

God has our best interest at heart and we don’t always see what happening in the big picture, but we can be assured that what He has planned for us is better than what we can plan.  In some ways its like following our GPS when we know there are different routes we can take.  A few months ago I was traveling for work and had about a 2 hour drive back to the airport.  About 30 mins into my drive the highway patrol was forcing all traffic off the road and causing us to take alternate routes.  As a result, I started worrying about making my flight back and trying to figure my own way back.  I eventually made it back but shortly before the flight left but made it.  Turns out there was a person driving a truck swerving at other cars for whatever reason and wielding a machete in the process.  The news reported seven different local and state authorities were involved in responding to the incident in some fashion.

See, the authorities new the situation and were protecting travelers.  God is like that, He knows the plans and sees the situations far better that we can and He has angel armies looking out for us along with His Holy Spirit.  Ephesians 3:20 tells us that God can do more for us that can ask or imagine, we just have to let Him work within us.  Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 2:9 that no eye has seen, nor ear heard, or mind conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.

It’s us who allows fear to creep in.  2 Timothy tell us “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power and of self-discipline.”  With our hope and trust in Jesus we have nothing to fear.  1 John 4:18 tells us “There is no fear in love.  but perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The one who fears is not made in perfect love.”

Give God the reigns and let Him guide you through all the situations and circumstances you face.  Walk by faith and not by sight.

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