Whenever and wherever disagreements, discord, animosity and bickering appear, there is always a critical source of the conflict that is mostly ignored until it is too late. The fountainhead of strife is revealed in this simple passage from Proverbs: “Where there is strife, there is pride.” Instead of dealing with the underlying issue of pride on both sides, we try pacifying feelings, negotiating details, temper tantrums or setting boundaries. But we mostly ignore the element of pride. While seeing with blazing clarity the pride of the other person, we remain blind to our own. LORD God, Prince of Peace, help me see my pride more readily. Forgive my angry defensiveness and grant me genuine humility.
John Bunyan’s “The Pilgrim's Progress from This World, to That Which Is to Come” is an allegory written while he was imprisoned for his Christian beliefs. Until we reach the Golden Gates of Heaven we must progress in our walk of faith here on earth. Each time I think I understand God’s ways and means He turns the diamond and new facets of His splendor emerge. For the true believer there is no spiking the ball in the end zone on this side of Glory; there is no settling down where we are in this life. Not only am I tolerant of this constantly changing status, I am genuinely thankful for it. I am being pulled toward eternal purpose that I cannot fathom but I instinctively know awaits me. So I’ll keep my shoes on until it’s over. Lord, though I struggle in Your arms, You never let me go. Keep me moving toward Your perfect will. Help me never miss a turn or stop unnecessarily. Keep me progressing toward Your perfect will.