Pride is the most natural and the most illogical sin that we commit.
It’s the most natural because …
… our sinful nature insists that we sit on the throne of our own heart. We want to rule our own life. We want the world to revolve around us.
It’s the most illogical because …
… absolutely everything we have comes from God.
Our brain? God gave it to us.
Our achievements? God gave us those.
Our possessions? God gave us the ability to make money and obtain those.
Our next breath? If God so chose, it could be our last. Only His grace continues to give us the next and then the next.
King David got it. As he offered up a prayer of thanksgiving for all of the material that had been collected to build the Temple in Jerusalem, he was moved to acknowledge that there is no room for pride in the human heart. Anything we do, anything we give, whatever we are … it is all because of God’s favor upon us.
“O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name! But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us! We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace.”
Is there a root of pride in your heart? Replace it with prayers of thanksgiving to our God.