I will break down your stubborn pride and make the sky above you like iron and the ground beneath you like bronze.
The book of Leviticus covers the laws and regulations that God outlined for the people of Israel. Leviticus 26 outlines the rewards for obedience (1-13), the punishment for disobedience (14-39), how to redeem themselves (40-41) and then the reiteration of God’s covenant with them (42-45).
God is intentional and direct. He despises all traits, characteristics, and behaviors that resemble the enemy, the father of lies. Pride happens to be one of those things that are not of God, so it’s no wonder He gets ticked off when we embrace that energy. It’s us rejecting Him and rejecting who we are in Him.
Don’t be so full of pride that you refuse to ask for or receive help. Don’t be so full of pride that you become self-centered and fall into the trap of self-adulation, believing that you are and you have because of your efforts. Don’t listen to the lies that would stubbornly have you live within yourself, hidden from interacting with God’s creations, never living freely in the world.
You cannot hide from God. You can’t hide your fears, disappointments, anger, frustration, pain, sorrow, resentment, pride, love, joy, happiness, desires, envy, jealousy, greed, contentment, irritation, goals, dreams, or ideas. So stop trying to be something and someone you’re not. Open up, reveal yourself, and humbly ask the Lord to make you whole. Ask God to make the crookedness in your life straight, the bumpiness smooth, the torn mended, and ask for help to be all that you can be— whole and complete within Him.
Father, thank You for making the necessary adjustments in my life, even those that cause me discomfort. Thank You for chipping away at my rough sides and anointing me so that my heart may soften to Your molding. Father, I do not want to be stubborn, prideful, arrogant, or bitter. Touch me Lord. In areas and ways that I displease You, where I’m not aligned with You, make me right and whole. In Your Name I pray. Amen.
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