Humbly Walking Before God
Students of history will tell you that great empires and civilizations fell when the leaders succumbed to arrogance and abrogated their successes to their geniuses. In our times, scholars will tell you that one of the reasons most organizations fall today is because the leaders grew arrogant refused to learn and they lost touch with their humble beginnings. Same goes for human beings. When a person forgets that all he has and the position he’s in are not the cumulative result of his power and intellect, such is not far from a fall. It is even more tragic when the children of God become arrogant in their walk with the Lord. ‘How?’ You may ask. When we presume that because we know the Lord, all our decisions must be right before Him! Because of this spiritual blindness, they go into associations, relationships and alliances with people they ought not to, to their destruction. This attitude is not strange neither is it new. The children of Israel diversely fell into this error on numerous occasions throughout their history. However, it must be noted that God is not happy with such an attitude because it is a terrible state to be in as a child of God. We forget that God categorically stated that to be friends with the world is to be His enemy (James 4:4). Ephraim (Israel) got to a point and declared that he was rich and righteous and he did all that by his power (Hosea 12: 8). In fact, he claimed that no fault could be attributed to Him. Unfortunately God did not see him in this light, God’s verdict for him was that “Ephraim chases the wind pursues the east wind. He continually multiplies lies and violence. He makes a covenant with Assyria and olive oil is carried to Egypt” (Hosea12:1). Not only did he make covenant with a heathen nation, which God had warned him before hand not to, he even traded his anointing with the world (Egypt). You cannot consistently go against God and think there will be no consequences.
Friends, some associations, relationships and alliances we have formed may just be the cause of our problems. Drop your arrogance and pride and let go of those ungodly alliances; stop denying or exchanging the things of God for the momentary pleasures of this world. It is a dangerous thing to have God as an enemy! Yes, God is loving, gentle, long suffering and merciful. All these attributes should not be mistaken for weakness on His part or that He will condone sin. He is a God of Justice, Holiness and Righteousness. When Ephraim became an enemy of God, God’s verdict on him is that, he has provoked bitter anger in the heart of God. Friend, God loves us so much but He will not condone our sin. When we walk in arrogance and pride, we are simply telling God that we did it and we are doing it all by ourselves. God’s word clearly tells us that He resists the proud but He gives grace to the humble. Don’t be in a position where God resists you. Enough of such walk! It is time to surrender that attitude to the Lord so He can lift you up from the traps of being an enemy of God. Have you not seen that the more you walk in that attitude, the more things don’t seem to pan out for you (Hosea 13:15)? No matter how much our postulations and excuses, remember this: “Let whoever is wise understand these things, and whoever is insightful recognize them. For the ways of the Lord are right and the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumbles in them” (Hosea 14: 9). The grace to continue to look at the perfect word of God and humbly adjust our way of thought and living is released to us in Jesus Christ name. God bless you.