“When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom” (Proverbs 11:2). There is always going to be somebody ready to give you praise somewhere. We all love to hear that praise. We all will hang around with people who give us praise and tell us how good we are, and how much we are appreciated. There is nothing wrong with this … until we begin to believe all that is being said. There is nothing wrong with hearing praise, as long as we do not begin to trust the words of men/women who don’t see what is in our heart.
The reality for each of us reading this today is that there is not one of us who is righteous. There is not reading this who is as good as others say we are. The reality is that each of us reading this today deserves an eternity that is spent separated from a holy and a righteous God. Each of us is at best a sinner that has been saved by the grace of God. Before you and I drift into believing all that is said about us in a positive light, let’s remember who we are and where we came from. Before we start to list all our wonderful qualities to God and others, let’s remember that we had our feet stuck in the miry clay, without hope until Jesus came to rescue us.
Each of us ought to take a few moments today to thank God for seeing value in our sorry souls. We should pause to reflect on how many times we have asked for blessings from our Heavenly Father and then walked away from Him. We should reflect on how many times we have used up all that blessing and find ourselves in one of the worlds “pig-pens,” just wishing we could go back to the way it “used” to be.
The good news is we can go back! The good news is that “When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.” God even uses the mistakes and failures we are going to make to mold us into the person He wants us to be. There are two keys to this as I see it today. First, we must humble ourselves on a daily basis if we expect God to be able to do anything with us. Second, we must get back up after we have failed and try to live for God again. We have a God Who can use people just like us if we will humble ourselves before Him. Don’t believe all the good things that are said about you today. Don’t believe all the bad things the Devil wants to whisper in your ear today either. There is a God in Heaven Who can handle your failures and your successes. Trust Him today and walk humbly with Him. He will use you, if you stay close to His heart.
“A failure is not someone who fails, but someone who quits.” – Ted Camp