Day 9

Judgment Against Pride

from the Amos reading plan

Amos 6:1-14, Jeremiah 22:3-5, Revelation 3:14-22

BY Jessica Mathisen

My husband and I entered parenthood by choosing to become licensed foster parents. After walking through infertility, we sensed God calling us to a different story.

The stories of children in care were heartbreaking, and as we listened to them during our training, it was easy for us to puff ourselves up with pride. We falsely believed that we could do a much better job than the biological parents of the children in care. 

But when three siblings showed up to our doorstep, all of our pride was completely crushed in the faces of children who needed more than we could give. We had nothing but our Savior to call upon in our time of need.

Blissful ignorance. That is what most of us prefer when it comes to our sins. We know we have blind spots, sure. But when it comes down to it, we can often excuse away our sins by rationalizing and comparing ourselves to others. 

“It’s not that bad.” “At least I don’t do what she does.” But sin is sin. And God hates it. In our reading, Amos speaks on behalf of the Lord and says, “I loathe Jacob’s pride and hate his citadels, so I will hand over the city and everything in it” (Amos 6:8).

Amos shared a heavy message with the Israelites. As he pointed out their ignorance to the flagrant materialism of their society at the expense of others, he foretold God’s judgment against their pride by warning them of all that was to come. 

Put yourself in the Israelites’ shoes for a moment, but bring this imagery into modern times. You are living a comfortable life and want for nothing. Your home is impeccable, and you have your dream job. You are well respected in your community and highly esteemed at your church. But you are far from God. You have mistaken your comfort for His blessing when He just wants your heart. 

Proverbs 11:2 says, “When arrogance comes, disgrace follows, but with humility comes wisdom.” When we consider the lengths to which God has gone to pursue our hearts, we must remember that “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights” (James 1:17).

The Israelites were wrong to attribute their worldly success to the blessing of their heavenly Father. My husband and I were wrong to assume we were better than our children’s biological parents. And we, as daughters of our heavenly Father, are wrong to allow pride to skew our view of the world around us and blind us to our sin. Let us humble ourselves before the Lord.

Praise Him! He gives us grace upon grace by allowing us to see our sins as we come to Him, ready to be conformed to the image of Christ.

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40 thoughts on "Judgment Against Pride"

  1. Megan Russell says:

    Can really really relate here. I find myself puffed up with pride quite often. I think I’m in a season (if I’ll stay here) of being refined and it hurts. But i know He’s a gracious God and won’t let it be for nothing

  2. Iesha McDuffie says:

    That was soo good!

  3. Kristyn Ratlief says:


  4. Kyle Hopkins says:

    Gal 2:20 (msg) – “Indeed I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central” and 1 Peter 5:6 (niv) “ Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.”

  5. Charmaine Garcia says:

    “You have mistaken his comfort for his blessing when He just wants your heart.”

  6. Deborah Collazo says:

    LORD God forgive my pride. Thank you for the truth of Your Word exposing the lies that take root in my sinful heart. Thank you for your continued grace & mercy. Thank you for Christ Jesus!!

  7. Karyn Johnson says:

    Lord forgive my pride! Help me be humble and always remember I’m a sinner in need of a Savior!

  8. Colleen DeVeau says:

    “I’m starting with the man in the mirror. I’m asking him to change his ways. And no message could have been any clearer. If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change,” (“Man in the Mirror,” Michael Jackson). Father, forgive me of my pride. I need to change. Thank You for Your Word and the earworm songs of the past that won’t leave me alone as I read. “Change my heart, O God. Make it ever true. Change my heart, O God. May I be like You. For You are the Potter. I am the clay. Mold me and make me. This is what I pray.” Sincerely, Father, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51 & Keith Green)

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