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It's a Hard Fall

The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, ‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’ Obadiah 1:3 NIV

“I’ve got the world on a string!” she boasted with gusto. Truly she had made it to the top of her field. It was a slow and methodical climb mastered by her determined will. When she looked around at whom to praise, there was only one obvious choice, herself.

I know how she felt. I’ve marveled at my own success before. At times my plans seem to glide on ice as they slide past every barrier. And at those moments it’s tempting to stretch my arm over my shoulder for a nice, firm at-a-girl pat.

When I ascend to that lofty place it doesn’t take long for God to get my attention. The unraveling begins when I fail to give glory where glory is due. When I fail to give God the credit, eventually my pride is exposed and my plans tumble.

It was the same journey for my friend who suddenly shifted from world-on-a-string to dangling-by-a-thread. Overnight the job was gone, the money stream ended, her future nosedived. She was lost and devastated without hope.

Yet from the ashes, she saw a spark. For years, the layers of success had buried her tender spark of faith. Now it was laid bare waiting for fuel. She realized her fire to achieve left her relationship with Christ smoldering. Bitter tears ignited a burning passion to know Him. Now instead of banking on her own heights, she rests on His rock solid faithfulness.

Girlfriend, sometimes pride deceives, but through God’s grace, it should never describe us.

Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor. Proverbs 29:23 NIV

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