August 23, 2017
"'Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because the great cedar towered over the thick foliage, and because it was proud of its height, I gave it into the hands of the ruler of the nations, for him to deal with according to its wickedness. I cast it aside.'" Ezekiel 31:10-11
Through the prophet Ezekiel, God let the nations know that He was in charge. Their vast armies were no match for His power. Their economies could not out supply His resources. He used countries for His sovereign purposes. But He never let them get by with their wickedness.
The great empire of Egypt "towered over" other nations ... for a time. They were proud of their attainments and accomplishments. They felt indestructible. They boasted of their great height. However, when God had had enough of their conceit, He cast them aside.
We need to remember, "Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall" (Proverbs 16:18). The things that puff us up drag us down. When we become proud of our "height," God will trim us back. He will not leave His children, but He will humble us. Living in the highlands of pride we have a tendency to look down on God. He will keep us in a place where we must look up to Him. That's the position of dependence, service, and worship. The spiritual journey is not a path for those with a proud, self-satisfied swagger.
Father, help me not to think too highly of myself. May my confidence come from You alone. Help me deal with my pride before a devastating fall. In Jesus' name. Amen.