Ego with Boundaries
25 The Lord tears down the house of the proud but maintains the widow’s boundaries.
Our pride should not be in our talents, but in the one who gave them to us.
As a Christian, we like to feel God’s pleasure. It’s all about Him, and to live an example of always pointing our thoughts, intentions, and motives to Him is the key to a direction that brings our Loving Savior joy, and peace within us. A prideful, stubborn, self-willed, “ego” – heart is destined to a route of life that brings God’s disappointment.
As an artist, I deal with the beautification of people’s homes and possessions on a daily basis. Believe me, there is nothing wrong with making your dwellings beautiful, but when it elevates one’s pride to toxic levels—it’s time to re-evaluate.
Also I have to balance my ego; as well, to accommodate the praise, when I’m finished with a successful painting, and MAKE SURE it gets directed to the SOURCE of my talent – THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY. It’s His gift, and His glory.
These delicate balances often separate the PROUD from the HUMBLE. There is a difference in PRIDE and self confidence in Christ.
To be prideful means to be really into your “self”. Thinking that you are the one that has the best, looks the best and does the best. Your world is centered around the busy of better. The Proverb we are observing says the Lord will tear it down.
To be self-confident in Christ is a completely different mental state. Recognizing that He is the source of our talents and blessings. Through Him alone we find that confidence. I personally could not draw a stick-man without the Holy Spirit.
The boundaries that this verse is speaking of is a safe boundary. Designed by God for you, tailor made for your destiny. The boundary is found within the heart of God. Realizing that it is Him who creates; it is Him who blesses us, and through Him we live and move and have our being.
As for me, I have found my safe boundary, as an artist, to keep my focus on Christ. Staying in the Word, faithful in prayer, enthusiastic about fellowship with other believers, and keeping my eyes enlightened to His perspectives in my life.
Questions To Ponder
What will happen to the house of the proud?
What is the contrast of what happens to the proud in this verse?
Would you say your life leans more toward being prideful or more toward being humble?
In what ways do you need to make changes in your life?
Scripture Memory | February | Proverbs 18:2
“Fools have no interest in understanding;
they only want to air their own opinions.”