Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Once upon a time, mankind was united in its belief that God was approachable and attainable by human effort. Everyone in the world spoke the same language. One group of them agreed to build a city and a tower that would rise into the heavens. They wanted to make a name for themselves. Their goal was to become so powerful and famous as to never be conquered. In essence, they believed they could determine their own destiny. Their pride determined that God was irrelevant.
The Lord God came down and said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.”
You may be familiar with this story known as the Tower of Babel from the book of Genesis. It is one of the memories Mary may have thought of when she recalled the strong arm of the Lord scattering the proud.
He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;(Luke 1:51)
Pride is the enemy of God. Pride stands opposed to the very nature of God. Pride was the cause of Satan’s fall from his high position in heaven. Pride causes us to believe that we are capable of managing life and that we do not need God.
It is significant that the first thing Mary refers to as a demonstration of the strength of God’s arm is that He scatters the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. Our thoughts are naturally prideful. Our choices are often motivated by self-serving pride. Our securities are built around our own abilities and accomplishments. We have worked very hard to make a name for ourselves. We believe we can determine our own destiny.
One of God’s greatest blessings of grace is when He scatters the proud thoughts of our heart and grants us the humble Spirit of Christ Jesus. If not for God’s strong arm accomplishing the scattering of pride in our lives, we would be misunderstood and unable to truly communicate and relate to others
Today, meditate on the ways that the strong arm of God is working on your behalf to conquer prideful thoughts that motivate life choices. Then praise God that He has shown His strong arm in conquering the pride of life and replacing it with a spirit of humility so you can serve Him faithfully.