Feels So Good

Admit it. We like it when others notice something and then compliment us. It might be concerning something we own, our knowledge, our skills, or our family. How the flesh loves to hear praise from others. 

Pride is such an ugly thing. What makes it worse is that we are stealing from God. Whatever we have or accomplish, it is God Who enables us or gives to us. What do we have that God hasn’t given and we deserve credit for? Nothing. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17).

 Hezekiah had a pretty bad case of pride (2 Chronicles 32:24-32). When the Babylonians heard he was sick, they sent emissaries. When they arrived Hezekiah had recovered, and he gave them the royal tour of all “his” glory (everything the Babylonians will eventually take as their loot). Listen to Isaiah: “Then said he, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All that is in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them” (Isaiah 39:4). 

Isaiah then rebuked Hezekiah and told him that not only all his treasures but his sons also would be carried away to Babylon. 

“Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished” (Proverbs 16:5).