October 4

Jeremiah 2:31-4:18; Colossians 1:1-17; Psalm 76:1-12; Proverbs 24:21-22

There are common things that hold us back from God’s best in our lives. Israel committed these sins as a regular part of their rebellion against God. God pleads with Israel to ” surrender your pride and power.”

Pride is thinking we know more than God. It causes us to disregard God’s clear instructions in favor of our way of thinking. Power is thinking  we can do more than God can do. With this dangerous combination, our heart becomes polluted to the point that we reject God’s wisdom and God’s help. The end result is our own destruction.

God’s counsel to Israel is the same for us: Let go of pride and power. Nothing good ever comes from disregarding God’s ways or relying on our own human strength. God’s way is best and His power is infinite. Let’s build our lives on God and not our own human reasoning. Unfortunately, Israel learned this lesson the hard way.

Tomorrow’s Reading: Jeremiah 4:19-6:15; Colossians 1:18-2:7; Psalm 77:1-20; Proverbs 24:23-25

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