Today you should read: Ezekiel 31
It’s Election Day and by God’s providence we’re reading about the sinful consequences of pride. We know that pride is something we can all struggle with in politics and when viewing politicians. But we’re reminded that we can still stand up for and speak truth with humility and love, not allowing this sin to take over our lives. In Ezekiel 31, we see a prophecy of the fall of Pharoah and the pride of Assyria. He compares their prideful kingdom as counter-culture to how God created the world in Eden three times. A great reminder for what we should pursue in our society. The famous quote “pride precedes the fall” is evident in this chapter as we see the great illustration of a large and looming tree being cut down.
We also find a passage that, through the years, many have thought God was talking about Satan like the verses in chapter 28 (31:10). In fact, it’s pride that church fathers like Augustine once said was the original sin of Satan. Pride is taking the place of God and we will never ever be good, nor perfect, nor righteous, nor loving gods. We are bad, imperfect, selfish, hate-mongering, false gods. When we put all of our hope, faith and trust in ourselves, we will be left longing and disappointed every time. Only God deserves such things. And we’re ultimately given them by repenting of our pride and sin and placing that hope, faith and trust in Jesus because of what He has done in the gospel message.
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor
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