Pride and Presumption

Driver arrogantI recall my first return trip to the US after living for 3 months in post-communist Romania. It was a beautiful Spring day in April 2000. I specifically remember as I was driving down Greenfield Avenue in West Allis, WI, to our home and I turned to look at the driver next to me; this thought came to mind, “We are a presumptuous people”. I realized that day that I was a presumptuous person.

I am forever changed by living in a country once dominated and governed by Communism. There’s a couple of things that have stood out to me: 1. I lived among people who were humbled by the oppression they lived under and I was drawn to a quality I saw in them because of it. 2. That as an American, I was proud of my independence and thought I was invincible.

May I give you some perspective?
Italy w Cornoa As we go through this COVID-19 virus it is wise to learn from God ALL that you can during this time. If you are struggling with boredom or wasting time on trivial matters, I’m thinking you must have never suffered yet to the point of recognizing God’s grace in your life. Prayer should be constantly, abundantly, rising up in your heart[1]. If it is not, seek God and ask Him, “Lord, do I really know you, do I possess your heart of care for people, do I have a real relationship with you?”

Many of us have lived in a land of plenty and are far removed from physical suffering. If that’s you, perhaps this is an opportunity to grow in this area of empathy with those who are suffering. Think and pray often for refugees that are driven out of their homes by war and other disasters. There’s much we can do to help and encourage others during this time. Our prayers and giving financially to those in need is a good place to start.

This coronavirus is giving us all an opportunity to allow God to reset us to a proper place. We have become a nation of overly busy people, who have lost our way. Our compass is no longer set properly and by His mercy and grace, He is desiring to reset us. This ought to be a time of quietness and thoughtful contemplation, introspection of the soul; a time to place yourself in God’s Hands and ask Him to teach you whatever He wants you to learn through this situation. Pray, cry out to Him, asking Him to give you ears to hear His voice and respond.

Are you a thankful or presumptuous person?
No one has arrived at the place where God has said, “There, you got it!” Life here is a continuously unfolding journey. What you are willing to lay hold of in times like these, will determine how God can use your life effectively now and down the road. Think about living for His glory and not your own pleasure. You won’t regret that choice. Then one day, when you stand before Him (2Cor 5:10)[2], you will thank Him for every circumstance that drew you into a deeper relationship with Him.

[1] 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing,

Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

Ephesians 6:18 Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

1 Timothy 2:8 I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;

Matthew 6:9-13 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

[2] 2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

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