What do you see when you look deep into the mirror of life? I woke up thinking about how to overcome the pride of life. Every time we take a look into the Word of God we are looking in the mirror of life. There we can see solutions to all the problems we will ever face or we can see excuses of what it could have been.
Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men [are], extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess… And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as [his] eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified [rather] than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. (Luke 18:10-14)
There is no one greater than the other for you see, we all have, for the most part, two arms, two legs, five physical senses and the same 24 hour clock in which to get things done. We all have the same measure of faith and ability to pray to meet all of our needs. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think [of himself] more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. (Romans 12:3) What makes us different is whether the master’s use for us will bring Him honor or glory; whether we will be used as a pawn or a bishop or whether we go through life rich or poor – all choices of the master.
But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, [and] prepared unto every good work.(2 Timothy 2:20-21)
Where would you be if your house was destroyed by a tornado? Or how could you face life if you were one of the ones who were at the finish line of the Boston Marathon when the bomb went off? Or what if you were in the Theater when no named bullets started to fly? It’s only because of God’s great mercy that you are where you are in life.
When we look in the bible or hear a message that sounds real good, we always think that someone else needs to hear this word. We are always trying to fix someone else. In reality when you hear a word, it’s usually for you but we can’t see clearly enough to take a good look in the mirror at ourselves.
I would like to refer you to 2 Kings 5:1-14. In this example, you can see that pride almost got the best of Naaman and almost prevented him from getting his healing. 1) The king of Aram had great admiration for Naaman, the commander of his army, because through him the LORD had given Aram great victories. But though Naaman was a mighty warrior, he suffered from leprosy. 2) At this time Aramean raiders had invaded the land of Israel, and among their captives was a young girl who had been given to Naaman’s wife as a maid. 3) One day the girl said to her mistress, “I wish my master would go to see the prophet in Samaria. He would heal him of his leprosy.” 4) So Naaman told the king what the young girl from Israel had said. 5) “Go and visit the prophet,” the king of Aram told him. “I will send a letter of introduction for you to take to the king of Israel.” So Naaman started out, carrying as gifts 750 pounds of silver, 150 pounds of gold, and ten sets of clothing. 6) The letter to the king of Israel said: “With this letter I present my servant Naaman. I want you to heal him of his leprosy.” 7) When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes in dismay and said, “This man sends me a leper to heal! Am I God, that I can give life and take it away? I can see that he’s just trying to pick a fight with me.” 8) But when Elisha, the man of God, heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes in dismay, he sent this message to him: “Why are you so upset? Send Naaman to me, and he will learn that there is a true prophet here in Israel.” 9) So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and waited at the door of Elisha’s house. 10) But Elisha sent a messenger out to him with this message: “Go and wash yourself seven times in the Jordan River. Then your skin will be restored, and you will be healed of your leprosy.” 11) But Naaman became angry and stalked away. “I thought he would certainly come out to meet me!” he said. “I expected him to wave his hand over the leprosy and call on the name of the LORD his God and heal me! 12) Aren’t the rivers of Damascus, the Abana and the Pharpar, better than any of the rivers of Israel? Why shouldn’t I wash in them and be healed?” So Naaman turned and went away in a rage. 13) But his officers tried to reason with him and said, “Sir, if the prophet had told you to do something very difficult, wouldn’t you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply, ‘Go and wash and be cured!'” 14) So Naaman went down to the Jordan River and dipped himself seven times, as the man of God had instructed him. And his skin became as healthy as the skin of a young child’s, and he was healed!
What has worked for centuries throughout the history of America has been prayer and the Word of God. Why would we even consider changing now knowing that applying the word of God, is the best thing for us but we avoid it like a plague.
Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18)
Just like taking medicine, we begrudgingly take it, but in the end, after we take the medicine, we find out that it never hurts and always makes us better. It’s a painful process to right a wrong. Let’s take our medicine to better ourselves in life. Find all life’s solutions in the Bible and put it to use. Praise the Lord. Have a blessed day.