(Psalms 127:1-5) A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
(1 Corinthians 3:7) So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.
Pride is the high or inordinate opinion of your own importance, merit, or superiority. It has to do with believing your deserve the blessings you receive and more. Humility, the opposite of pride, is remembering that God alone is your strength and that nothing you do amounts to anything unless God is in it. God loves the humble and hates the proud.
God gives you gifts of abilities and talents and intends for you to develop and use them, but for His glory and not your own. All that you do is in vain unless it is done according to God's plan and design.
Acknowledge today that what you do, what you accomplish, and all of your capabilities, are credit to God, not you, and that unless it is all done for God's glory it ultimately amounts to nothing.
Questions For Discussion
- How is having a high opinion of yourself prideful if it is true?
- Do you possess abilities that you have worked hard for and struggled to acquire because of your hard work?
- How does profit that you produce for your own glory through your own abilities amount to nothing?