During my time in graduate school, I was required to take a multicultural education class. African American History month was upon us and we were required to attend an event with a list of speakers. Each event we were asked to journal about the experience. There were several speakers and I enjoyed and appreciated their insightful speeches. Except for one speaker, who particularly annoyed me because he was dripping with arrogance! Abba later confronted me that I was annoyed because I possessed the same arrogance! Within this same period of time, I was tutoring a student and she shared with me an AA devotional. One line throughout that devotional stuck with me which lead me to write a song about it, “True Humility is Teach-ability.” Throughout the 50 some years I have been on this earth, He’s impressed upon me that humility is a journey. As we peel each layer of the onion of pride, we get closer and closer to the understanding that the sons of Jacob are but, a worm, and the Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel is everything! (Isaiah 41:14)
Solomon asked for wisdom, and the Lord rewarded him with the most amazing level of understanding in human history. Among the many things Solomon came to understand was what was needed to keep one’s relationship with God on good footing.
“There are six things Adonai hates, seven which he detests: a haughty look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that plots wicked schemes, feet swift in running to do evil, a false witness who lies with every breath, and him who sows strife among brothers.”
(Proverbs 6:16-19, CJB)
Lord, show us where we are doing any of these things. Don’t let us get away with pretending or kidding ourselves that we are so much better and above these things.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”
(Psalm 51:10, CJB)