December 19 - Eyes That Can Really See

By Mike Clarensau

Today's Scripture: Proverbs 30:11-14

Central Thought: Pride hinders our ability to see life clearly.

    Have you ever tried walking across a room wearing a blindfold? How about driving a car with both eyes closed? Ever tried to type an email to a friend without turning on your monitor? Such efforts at best seem foolish. In all likelihood, they are dangerous as well.

    But even a mental picture of the effort points to the need for good eyesight. You need to see clearly in order to make the right choices and perform at your best. Blindfolds just beg for accidents. But many people wear them every day. Now, we're not thinking of actual strips of cloth, but many have their sight blurred by pride. They are so determined they are right that they refuse to look closely at their circumstances.

    Often a closer look reveals what we want to avoid. A closer look can reveal our inconsistencies and the injustice of our position. A closer look can show the unfairness of our attitudes or the unrealistic nature of our expectations. A closer look can prove us wrong! Nobody's pride wants to face that!

    But a closer look is what we need. An honest, truth-risking re-evaluation of our position is the only path to restoration and peace. Pride will leave you lonely. A humble spirit will find a middle ground and seek a meeting there.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, help me to look past my pride and see the truth of my circumstances. Open the door for healing in the midst of my conflict.

Today's Bible Reading: Zephaniah 1:1-3:20; Revelation 10:1-11; Psalm 138:1-8; Proverbs 30:11-14