walk in the word
When I was a kid, my brothers and I always fought over the cereal box prize. Did you ever do that? I remember a lot of really cool prizes, but the one that I liked the most was the pen with invisible ink. I had a great time writing notes to people that they couldn’t read! With a little water wiped across the ink, the hidden message would appear out of thin air—or so it seemed. Of course, the words were always there on the page, but without water they didn’t show up.
Sometimes God is like that. Sure, we know intellectually that God is everywhere. But if we’re honest with one another, we might say, “Often, God seems so far away from me. I’m not sensing His presence in my life. I’m not seeing Him work. My prayers seem to bounce off the ceiling . . . Where are You, God?!” Ever feel that way? I have, at times.
One of the primary reasons for God’s “disappearance” is human pride. Psalm 138:6 tells us that the Lord “knows [the proud] from afar.” Pride is the complete state of anti-God. Pride repels and repulses Him. No matter how desperately we want Him to show up in our lives, He will remain “invisible” as long as He sees within our hearts an elevated opinion of ourselves.
Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling.” From the Garden of Eden—where Adam and Eve believed the prideful lie that they could be like God—to modern western society—where we attempt to make God in our own image—God is like, “You don’t think you need Me? You don’t think I can play a significant role in your life? You think you can get along just fine without Me? You have that much pride in your heart? Well O.K. then. Go ahead and prove it to yourself. Go your own way. Bang your head against the wall. Experience the pain of life. I’ll just wait over here until you figure out that you really do need Me.”
C.S. Lewis once wrote, “A proud man is always looking down on things and people.” And as long as you’re looking down, you can’t see something (or Someone) above you. Makes sense, right? As long as you’re looking down and thinking, “Who does he think he is?” or, “What is she all about?” you can’t look up. That’s the nature of human pride.
God loves us and will be waiting for us with open arms, but He won’t force His way into our lives. We must have a humble spirit and a willingness to receive Him. First Peter 5:5-6 teaches, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time.”
So how are you doing in this matter? Do you have a proper perspective of your place—and God’s? There is no middle ground: Either you’re increasing in humility or you’re increasing in pride. Don’t keep God “invisible” in your life. Humble yourself before the Lord, and watch Him show up like never before.
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