Saturday, July 17, 2010

Worry & Pride

Lately, God has been revealing to me the great amount of pride in my heart and spirit. It's so crazy to me how all encompassing it can be. I've found that even realizing one's pride is a trap for one to be prideful again. But I'm humbled when I remember that these things are revealed only by the Holy Spirit and not by some great personal characteristic or virtue.

Another thing God showed me this morning was 1 Peter 5:6-7:

"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you."

Some background information... I'm taking the MCAT in a couple of weeks and to say the least, I have been feeling nearly constant anxiety and worry. So this verse really spoke to my heart. But another interesting (and convicting) thing was that the latter half of this verse is paired with a command to "humble yourselves." In the commentary on this verse I then read, "The participle 'casting' modifies the main verbal phrase 'humble yourselves' from verse 6. Worry is a form of pride because it involves taking concerns upon oneself instead of entrusting them to God."

I thank God that in his infinite wisdom and kindness and his perfect timing, that he brings things full circle. Thank God that through Jesus there is a way for us to fight sin, rather than be completely consumed by it.

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