I recently read Paul’s recitation of his immaculate pedigree as a passionate follower of God through Judaism. When he became a Christian, his new understanding made him realize he’d been trusting in his own goodness and zeal to earn God’s favor. After his encounter with Jesus, he understood that none of his efforts earned him any gold stars from God. Instead, God’s favor was gained by putting his trust in Christ, not himself. A commentator on Paul said, “It takes humility to trust.”
I began to think about ways in which pride can block our ability to trust God. Maybe it’s because humility means . . .
- acknowledging our own helplessness to change a situation.
- realizing that only God can see the future so knows best what to do for us and others.
- giving up control.
- accepting that what God chooses might hurt us for a time, but a greater purpose will be accomplished, even in our pain.
- believing, even when we can’t understand, that God is who he says he is and all his words are true.
You can imagine with me why it’s hard for a proud person to do the things listed above. Our pride doesn’t like helplessness, submission, accepting the truths in God’s word without argument. If there is any pride in us, we’ll find it hard to trust God.
Are you having trouble with trust? We all do, sometimes. When that happens, we should examine ourselves and root out whatever may be prideful or self-serving. Every time we do that with sincerity, we find it easier to trust God – our faith grows and his ability to use us grows.
“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” – Anonymous