The day after I allowed an argument to fester, I was drawn to “The beginning of strife is like releasing water; Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts.” (Prov 17:14) I made a choice that morning to attend to other things before going to God’s Word to begin my day, and I left a big hole in my armor. Before I knew it, the dam was breached and the thunderous water of strife was overflowing. Unfortunately, pride reared it’s ugly head, instead of letting love prosper. “Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.” (Prov 17:9)
The pride manifested in a self-serving attitude. “This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.” (James 3:15-16) My tongue that day was like “a fire…[defiling] the whole body…set on fire by hell” (James 3:6).
Had I but chewed on the following Scripture instead of my prideful self, my day would have been better: “avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient” (2 Tim 23:24) Instead the person I was arguing with would have seen the Lord in me, instead of my prideful self (2 Tim 2:25-26).
I can’t unsay the words I said or the tone I took. I will, however, learn again the importance of beginning my day with the Lord so that I can be properly prepared for the fiery darts the enemy throws my way, and repent of my pride. “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Josh 1:8-9)
The chorus of the the song I Start Each Day With the Lord, reminds me I must seek Him first thing each day.
I start each day with the Lord
Why should I face life alone anymore?
Today if I’m tested and tried,
I’ve got the Lord at my side.
I talk to Him at the start of each day
For He knows each trouble that’s coming my way.
With Jesus I’m ready what ever’s in store.
I start each day with the Lord.