The Lord Almighty planned it, to bring down her pride in all her splendor and to humble all who are renowned on the earth. Isaiah 23:9 (NIV)
I knew that I needed to purchase a new car for sometime now, but I just wasn’t ready. Yes, having a new car is fun, but the process can be very tedious! From the search, to negotiating to the actual purchase, it all can be overwhelming.
However, I started looking and I felt that I had found it, the vehicle that I was ready to take the next step with and purchase. Everything felt right, I liked the dealership, the sales people where amazing, and I loved the vehicle. I had already had my financing covered before hand. I knew how much I was willing to pay for a vehicle, and I was not willing to pay more, no matter how much I liked it. Everything went great. I loved the car, all of my questions were being answered the way I preferred, and I enjoyed the test drive. This was my car!
But once it was time to actually go through with the purchase. Things were difficult. The sales people kept going back and forth. Although I had a check ready to sign over to them for the car, they weren’t willing to allow me to purchase the car at the price I was comfortable with. It was only $2000 less than the asking price. What’s $2000 in the grand scheme of things when purchasing a vehicle?
After realizing they weren’t going to sale me the car, I thought, “Why does everything have to be so difficult with me? For once can it be simple?” Then I started comparing myself with others, thinking about how things have come about in my life. “Where was the favor that I knew God would give me in this process?” I was having a real pity party.
Looking back over the situation, one of the biggest things that I realized was missing was prayer. I never really prayed and asked God for guidance or His blessing because I felt I had everything under control. I had found the vehicle, my financing was taken care of and I was willing to negotiate everything I needed. I was so proud of myself for having everything in order. “There was no way this wasn’t working out,” I thought.
There is a difference between having confidence in God and pride. Even though we have confidence in Him, we still go to Him and tell Him what we need. Pride says, “I got this covered, so I don’t have to pray about this because I don’t need God’s help here.” God Confidence says, “ Lord, although everything appears good, I need Your wisdom and guidance to lead me through this.”
Are you going to God with every one of your needs even if you feel like you have it under control? Ask yourself today, “have I allowed my pride to got in the was of my confidence in God?” Although He knows exactly what we need, it’s our responsibility to humble ourselves and go to Him to make our request known.
Prayer: Father God, thank You for truth and revealing to me the condition of my heart. Thank You for being true to Your promise of looking past my faults to meet my need. I ask You to forgive me for allowing pride to overshadow my confidence in You. I declare on today that I will bring everything to You, no matter how big or small because You are concerned about everything concerning me. It is in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!