Hear and pay attention, do not be arrogant, for the Lord has spoken. Jeremiah 13:15
Pride runs high in the hearts and minds of people all over the world. They let it rise in their hearts to the point of being arrogant, thinking that they are the best and that no one else can do what they do or be what they are.
In the process of allowing pride to run too high, many begin to look down upon other people. They reject those who are ‘below’ them.
As this occurs, people do not listen to others. Listening to themselves is all that they will do because they know what is best and how to do it.
Jeremiah tells the people to not be arrogant, but to listen to what God is saying. The people of Israel knew that they were the people of God, God’s chosen nation. In thinking this, they felt that they could do no wrong.
There are many believers who have developed the same type of thinking that the Israelites had done. They feel as though they are the best and can do no wrong. Individuals and groups will claim that their way is the only way, that they completely know and understand God.
Often when thinking like this occurs, people are stepping into sin and trying to justify it. They are ignoring what God says. They will take scripture out of context to get it to say what they want to hear.
Every believer is to listen and pay attention to what God is saying. All of God’s word is to be heard, understood and accepted, not just parts of it.
It does not matter what one’s upbringing is, what nation or group he is a part of, refusing to listen to God will bring about judgement. God speaks the same words to every person–to turn from sin and follow Jesus.
As you are going through your life take note if you are allowing yourself to become arrogant in what you believe or think. Realize that it is not about you, but about God and His word.
Listen to what God is saying and act upon His word. In doing this you are obeying God’s word and thus are loving God from your heart. As you love God from your heart it will keep you from being arrogant and allow you to be humble before God.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to remove pride in your life; that you will hear the words of God; that you will pay attention to what God is saying; and that you will obey God’s word to you.