Scripture: verse 17
The pride of man will be bowed down,
the arrogance of men will be humiliated,
and when that day comes,
Adonai alone will be exalted.
Observation: Matthew 24 says that heaven and earth will pass away, but the word of the Lord will stand.
Humans are astonishingly bad at long-term thinking. We think the fluctuations we see today are global trends that will lead to catastrophe or prosperity for all time. (Some of them are, of course, but we’re very bad at spotting which ones.) And the things we think aren’t changing and aren’t changeable usually are changeable and are changing. We just can’t see it.
All of our guesses and predictions and ideas for new world orders will end someday. God will be revealed and very little of what we have done will stand up to His light. But some of it will: if we choose to seek His help now, we can do things that last.
Sooner or later, God will stand glorified. Sooner or later, we will acknowledge our own weaknesses. But when we are weak, then we are strong (2 Cor 12:10).
Application: Don’t stand on false pride. It won’t last long anyway.
Prayer: Father, I praise you for being the Rock that is higher than I. I can rely on you when I cannot rely on myself. Help me to see my own weakness and turn to your strength. Amen.