Fine Line

Confidence or arrogance—there is a fine line.

God provides. God gives us strength. He bestows us with our talents and reinforces our life’s work toward his will. As Pastor Jolly reminded us a week or so ago, our pathway is part of God’s plan and process. Trust him. Along that path, be careful that in all your successes you give glory to God. Appreciate both the peaks and valleys in our lives, and appreciate our talents with confidence, not arrogance. There seems to be a fine line---excessive confidence may be perceived as arrogance. For as surely as God provides our opportunities for success, he also expects us to do our works with humility. Too much confidence and pride can cause a misplaced sense of worth.

Our family has been involved in sports for many years, in which peaks and valleys are evident. When a player’s talents are combined with humility, it is a perfect union. However, when confidence granted from our Lord and Savior, crosses the line into a perception of individual strength and glory, in seeps arrogance. Listen and be watchful. Be disciplined to know the difference. As God reminds us in the following verses:

God says that “In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God” (Psalm 10:4) and that “I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech” (Prov 8:13). Too much pride and arrogance is the opposite of humility and this is what we read in Proverbs 11:2 “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom” which is why “patience is better than pride” (Eccl 7:8). God thunders out of heaven saying to all who are prideful “The eyes of the arrogant will be humbled and human pride brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day” (Isaiah 2:11).

We will either humble ourselves or God will do it for us and one is much more painful than the other. This is why Isaiah writes “I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless” (13:11). Even nations that are overly prideful God says that “the most wicked of nations…I will put an end to the pride of the mighty, and their sanctuaries will be desecrated” (Ezk 7:24).

What you do and say, matters. Be grateful. Be confident. Guard against arrogance.

With God’s strength,

Tammy Heflebower

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