Risk (1 Peter 5:6)

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When our children were young, one of our favorite board game was Risk. World conquest was the objective. Each player mobilized his troops to take possession of countries and continents. It always amused me that the person who initially was leading the game seldom won. The reason is obvious. When other players sensed his mounting pride, they would join together against him.

Whether consciously or subconsciously, it is easy to dislike powerful people who have proud looks. The very countenance seems to encourage others to throw obstacles in their paths or to be silent objectors.

In Proverbs 6:16-19, we are told that God hates seven things. Tellingly, the first one is pride. When someone overvalues himself by undervaluing others, he inevitably reveals it with proud look. Puffed up in self-conceit, he may also devise evil and sow discord. No wonder God hates proud looks.

Proud and powerful people may think they can disregard others’ displeasure, but they cannot disregard God’s opposition. Peter reminds us not to trust in ourselves but in the One who will exalt us “in due time” (1 Peter 5:6). As we submit to Him, we avoid the risk that pride brings to our character and we become thankful, humble servants of God. – Albert Lee

Naught have I gotten but what I received;

Grace hath bestowed it since I have believed;

Boasting excluded, pride I abase;

I’m only a sinner saved by grace! – Gray

No one can glorify self and Christ at the same time.

  • June 9, Vol. 16, Our Daily Bread
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