The Problem of Pride (Isaiah 21-23)

Book of Isaiah

God continues delivering messages to the nations of the world, by directing one to Babylon. There is debate over whether these prophecies refer to Babylon’s revolt against Assyria (around 700 BC) or the actual fall of Babylon (539 BC). Either way, God tells them that they will be destroyed for their idolatry. Then, speaking to Edom, He makes commentary that their time is coming to a close as well. God turns to Arabia and says, “Within a year, counting each day, all the glory of Kedar will come to an end.” (21:16, NLT). God then focuses on His own people. He tells Jerusalem that they will be destroyed as well because they will not rely on Him. In 22:1-13, God describes a people that make every attempt, on their own, to prepare for the oncoming army. They never once turn and pray to God. Then He turns to a individual named Shebna. Shebna could have been just like most of the people of Jerusalem, but he gets special mention because he was the palace administrator. God’s final message to the nations goes to Tyre, in Phoenicia. He tells them that due to their pride. He also tells them that after they are destroyed, they will return after 70 years but still be the same way they are today. However it won’t be for a complete loss. “But in the end her profits will be given to the Lord.” (23:16, NLT).

Pride is a big problem for humanity. I know that I have a big problem with it. In today’s reading, the people of Jerusalem were not trusting God to take care of them. I know that this is a popular circumstance for God’s chosen people, but I really think it is a good picture of all of us. We have times where we trust God, things go well, we stop trusting him, things go bad, and we wonder why things stopped going well in the first place. Pride is the thing the misaligns us most with God. Where God tells us one thing, our pride gets in the way and we do something else.

This really becomes a problem when we speak about God to other people. We could know about God. We could be able to answer any question you have on the Bible. We could be able to tell about all the things Christ did. But if we have pride, it never becomes personal. We’d say, “Christ died on a cross” but we’d never think, “for me”. Pride doesn’t allow God to work for us. It gets in His way. Do you know who’s fault that is? Your’s. I have the same problem. My pride likes to get in the way too. Let’s all decided to take a stand, and let God work in our lives. I can’t do anything apart from God. I do nothing, it is Christ working in me! That’s how we should be. Not “prideful” but “Christ full”.

 

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