Yesterday we discussed that pride keeps us from following God’s revealed path for us. But what does God’s Word say about pride? “The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.” (Prov. 16:5) What does Scripture say about humility? “But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, ‘God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’” (James 4:6)
A few days ago in Lord, Lead Me In The Steps You Prepared for Me we discussed that when we are followers of Christ, God Himself lives in us by His Holy Spirit. If we are familiar with His voice through regularly listening to Him, He will lead us with firmness and clarity. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)
No one understands you and me better than God—He knows us far more profoundly than we can even know ourselves. In fact, the Lord knows what we were created to be and all the great things He could accomplish through us if we were to surrender ourselves to Him. He has designed you and me for a specific, fulfilling purpose, but we cannot find it or achieve it on our own. Rather, it is only by abiding in Him that it will come to fruition in your life.
“Abiding” in Him isn’t a few minutes of prayer and reading your Bible. Abiding is like ruminating – like a cow chewing its cud: To think carefully and deeply about something; of an animal : to bring up and chew again what has already been chewed and swallowed; to meditate. We abide in Him so that we will “hear” the cues and know when we’ve been guided by His touch, as in a dance. It is rare that the Lord gives us a billboard pointing us in a direction. Instead He usually uses a still quiet voice. If we aren’t listening for it, we will miss it.
In order for us to walk in the good works that He created for us, we must be willing to humble ourselves before Him, and to deny our own human desires and follow the path He has uniquely created for us. “Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23) If we aren’t asking for, listening for and waiting for His guidance, we are taking a path contrary to His preparations for us – and we are succumbing to pride. For we are not to forge our own pathway.