This is what pride brings…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 17:1-9

 An oracle concerning Damascus. Behold, Damascus will cease to be a city and will become a heap of ruins.

  The cities of Aroer are deserted;

they will be for flocks,

which will lie down, and none will make them afraid.

 The fortress will disappear from Ephraim,

 and the kingdom from Damascus;

and the remnant of Syria will be

like the glory of the children of Israel,

declares the LORD of hosts.

 And in that day the glory of Jacob will be brought low,

and the fat of his flesh will grow lean.

 And it shall be as when the reaper gathers standing grain

 and his arm harvests the ears,

and as when one gleans the ears of grain

in the Valley of Rephaim.

  Gleanings will be left in it,

as when an olive tree is beaten—

two or three berries

in the top of the highest bough,

four or five

on the branches of a fruit tree,

declares the LORD God of Israel.

 In that day man will look to his Maker, and his eyes will look on the Holy One of Israel.

 He will not look to the altars, the work of his hands, and he will not look on what his own fingers have made, either the Asherim or the altars of incense. In that day their strong cities will be like the deserted places of the wooded heights and the hilltops, which they deserted because of the children of Israel, and there will be desolation.

As the Lord brought judgment in times past for pride of self and arrogance do we think we shall escape the same?  Only when we look upon the Holy One of Israel, our Lord Jesus Christ; we receive then the promise of redemption and salvation.  We are reminded here to keep our eyes upon Christ,

“…man will look to his Maker, and his eyes will look on the Holy One of Israel….”

not the work of our hands, not what we have made or done.

“… he will not look on what his own fingers have made, …”

Our hopes and provision rests in Him and Him alone.  At times it may be that the difficulties we experience as we travel through life are our own doing, results of our pride which so easily gets in our way creating a hindrance to the work and will of God.  And so we are at the effect of the shaping and fine tuning of our Lord who loves us and wants us to be fruitful.  We are hindered in bearing fruit for the Lord if all we present is ourselves and what we have done.  Let the works speak for themselves.  God’s will be done in our lives.  Be alert to the presence of pride in our lives – may we refocus on the Holy One and Him alone.

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