Scripture Reading: Proverbs 16:18-20
Key Verse: Proverbs 8:13
To fear the Lord is to hate evil;
I hate pride and arrogance,
evil behavior and perverse speech.
There is hardly a book in the Bible that doesn’t remind us that God hates pride. Because of our “free will,” God must allow us our choices. Pride causes us to make choices that are based on false illusions that we know better than God. God needs us to be humble in order for us to allow Him to fully be in control. When we have a failure in our lives, it is a humbling experience. All of us need humbling experiences if we are going to be used of God.
If we read the success stories of many American inventors, we find they had a string of failures that finally led them to success. In many cases, it was the failures that provided needed information to create the final success. I recently read that the material used to manufacture Kleenex tissues was originally invented as a gas mask filter during World War I, but it failed. Since it didn’t work, the inventors tried making a cold cream out of it to use in taking off makeup, and it failed again. They finally hit upon a success when it was repackaged as a disposable handkerchief, and now two billion Kleenexes are sold every year! (“Approval Addiction” by Joyce Meyers, pg. 61).
If you are going through a “failure experience,” why not redefine it as a “humbling experience” that will lead you to great things? Your future is bright if God is in the “driver’s seat” of your life. How many “wrecks” will it take for you to let God drive? Stop and ask Jesus to take over – right now!
Father, doing things the same way I’ve always done the is not working. I need you to take daily control of me – I, now, grant permission for you to do it. In Jesus’ Name, amen.