Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Friday, August 20, 2021

Theme: Making the most of our talents in the work of God

Text: “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” – Proverbs 16:18.

Comment: Another obstacle to spiritual growth is pride.  Each person should know he is only doing his duty in the work of God and not think too high of himself. Jesus Christ said: “So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.”  (Luke 17:10) Pride goes before a fall.  (Proverbs 16:18) One overcome with pride works to massage his own ego and not to promote the name of God and so does not have team spirit – a great virtue that promotes unity and love.  He counts himself as being qualified for certain positions and when he does not get it, he becomes offended and even becomes hostile to those privileged by God to be appointed to such positions. St. Paul warns against such when he wrote: “Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other. For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?” – 1 Corinthians 4:6, 7, New King James Version.