Thin end of the wedge

Morning and welcome to Monday

When things go well at work you may be like me ( or is it just me??) and find yourself patting yourself on the back as you drive home?

Well, every wedge has a thin end if you know the saying.

Isaiah Ch2 Vs 7-11 says: 

Their land is also full of silver and gold, And there is no end to their treasures; Their land is also full of horses, And there is no end to their chariots. Their land is also full of idols; They worship the work of their own hands, That which their own fingers have made. People bow down, And each man humbles himself; Therefore do not forgive them. Enter into the rock, and hide in the dust, From the terror of the LORD And the Glory of His majesty. The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, The haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, And the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.


Everywhere, the Bible shows the same principle: Pride has its roots in a feeling of wealth or accomplishment, which is then used to compare. We can tie this to Satan and what is written about him in Ezekiel 28, how pride arose within him because of his beauty. He had something to brag about that made him feel good. But his vanity, developing into outright pride, began to get to him. He began to feel better than the other angels, and eventually, in his own eyes, he saw himself as equal with God. In time, he thought of himself as greater than God—a very perverted comparison.

It does not have to be intelligence or beauty or power as it was with Satan. It could be things like money, position, social position, natural ability, social status, knowledge, strength, hair, clothing, a house, furniture, a car—the list is virtually endless. In the New Testament, the Greek is huperephania, which means “to show oneself above.” It does not imply one who others look up to, but one who stands on his own self-created pedestal.

So as I drive about whistling a happy tune, I believe I had better be on the look out for the thin end of the wedge inching its way in to become a large chunk of Pride.

 

Have a good day

Mark

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