May 26 - Pride Versus Humility

By Kathy Varis

Today's Scripture: II Samuel 10:12

Central Thought: Responding with humility to difficult situations lifts us up.

    Often we find ourselves in situations where the actions of others irritate us or cause us to be hostile because of the perceived offense. Maybe it's a boss at work who treats us unfairly or someone at home who doesn't do things the way we like. We spend time and energy focused on the actions of the offender, which disturbs our peace, contentment, and joy.

    In today's passage we contrast the responses of two men, Mephibosheth, the son of David's best friend Jonathan (and grandson of his arch rival King Saul) and Hanun, king of Ammon. David wanted to show kindness to someone in Jonathan's family. Mephibosheth, who was living in exile, was called to the court, given land, servants, and an income. King David invited him to sit at his table and be provided for by the king himself. Mephibosheth responded in humility and gratitude and was blessed.

    King David also wanted to show kindness to Hanun, the son of a king who had helped him. Hanun responded with hostility and pride, resulting in a war where thousands died. It could have been so different.

    Proverbs 16:18 says, 'Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Since our natural tendencies cause us to respond with irritation, we need to teach ourselves to be humble, pray about the things that irritate us, and trust that God can change the situations or change us.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, help me humble myself in difficult situations and trust You to work things out for Your glory.

Today's Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 9:1-11:27; John 15:1-27; Psalm 119:-64; Proverbs 16:1-3