You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty. (Ps. 18:27)

I HAD A SUPERVISOR when I worked in a retail store who was always talking about how great he was, how much the company loved him, and the fact that he was the favorite among the regional corporate leaders. In all honesty, that was true. He may not have been the best at everything, but he was a really good manager.

About a year after my departure from the company, I heard he had been released from his position. As I connected with previous coworkers, I found out that he had posted something on social media that resulted in his immediate dismissal. He had let his pride turn into arrogance and haughtiness, which led to one poor decision that changed his life forever.

Though I have not been able to talk with my friend since, I have heard that this circumstance has made an impact on his life, leading him to reevaluate certain areas of his life that needed more attention, such as his relationships with family and God.

The psalmist stated that God will “bring low those whose eyes are haughty” (Ps. 18:27). He wanted us to take our eyes off of our prideful selves. God wants us to be humble. He wants us to put our eyes on Him. He wants to save us, even if that means saving us from ourselves.

Ask God to show you areas of pride in your life.  

Traver Paul Butcher is passionate about other cultures, travel, the outdoors, music, art, writing, leadership development, and introducing people to a man named Jesus.

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