Have you had your Joy Juice today? Pride often steals our joy! Be alert!
In Proverbs 16:18 are wise words from Solomon: “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”
The footnote in my Bible explains it like this: "Proud people take little account of their weaknesses and do not anticipate stumbling blocks. They think they are above the frailties of common people. In this state of mind they are easily tripped up. Ironically, proud people seldom realize that pride is their problem, although everyone around them is well aware of it. Ask someone you trust whether self-satisfaction has blinded you to warning signs. He or she may help you avoid a fall."*
God wants us to be confident as we serve Him, but that confidence should be in Him. ( I like to call it “God-confidence”.) Being too self-confident leads to “pride”. That’s why sometimes we need an “attitude adjustment” to remind us of Who ultimately is in charge. Our faith may waver; we will make unwise choices; we sometimes stray from the truth of Scripture. But God is always willing to help us learn and grow. His desire is that we become like Jesus.
Ask the Lord to keep you from falling and boldly walk the Path of Joy.
We may stumble; we may even fall. But God lovingly fills us with His strength and joy.
* Life Application Bible NIV (Proverbs 16:18), p. 1101