Sunday, February 24, 2013

Pride

If I seem kind of hung up on finding God's will of late, it is because I'm thinking of some big decisions. 

For who among men is he that can know the counsel of God? or who can think what the will of God is? For the thoughts of mortal men are fearful, and our counsels uncertain. For the corruptible body is a load upon the soul, and the earthly habitation presseth down the mind that museth upon many things. And hardly do we guess aright at things that are upon earth: and with labour do we find the things that are before us. But the things that are in heaven, who shall search out? And who shall know thy thought, except thou give wisdom, and send thy holy Spirit from above: And so the ways of them that are upon earth may be corrected, and men may learn the things that please thee? For by wisdom they were healed, whosoever have pleased thee, O Lord, from the beginning.
(Wis 9:13-19 DRB)
I've heard that pride can be defined as the inaccurate view of one's own abilities.  If everything comes from God, then we must recognize that nothing comes from us.  We can only use the gifts and talents God has provided to us to use.  Those still come from God though, and do not match (or even come close) to His wisdom
Pride goeth before destruction: and the spirit is lifted up before a fall.
(Pro 16:18 DRB)

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