December 18 - Not All Mountain Tops Are Beautiful

By Mike Clarensau

Today's Scripture: Proverbs 30:10

Central Thought: Feeling superior to others might reveal that you are not.

    There's a secret desire that easily worms its way into our thoughts, inching ever closer to our hearts. Left unchecked, it wraps itself around our psyche, forever shaping our ego and pushing us toward a dangerous precipice. What is this dangerous desire that threatens so vividly? It is the desire to be perceived as better than someone else.

    While our competitive culture seeks to bring out our best, it can also plant seeds that lead us to our worst. Competition has flooded us with the endorphins that attract us to being number one, or at least number something—as long as someone else is beneath. Being our best doesn't give our sense of identity the meal it craves, but being better than someone else somehow makes us feel good about ourself.

    The writer of the Proverbs sees that in his admonition. Can't you just see the superior neighbor snickering as he informs his 'equal” that his servant is not up to par. 'After all, we both know that servant is not as good as we are—and you ought to hear what I heard…” and on it goes.

    'Don't slander a king” would make a good proverb, too. But that might sound more like self-preservation. Slander a servant and no retaliation seems likely. But there is risk. Such a heart risks the journey to the pinnacle of pride, a cliff your loving Savior must nudge you over to break the grip pride has on your heart.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, help me to see myself as You see me. Help me to recognize my need of You and that I am no more worthy of Your love than any other. Thank You for loving me in spite of me.

Today's Bible Reading: Habakkuk 1:1-3:19; Revelation 9:1-21; Psalm 137:1-9; Proverbs 30:10