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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for February 3, 2018

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SATURDAY, February 3

Psalm 75:4-5 I will say to the boasters, “Boast no more,” and to the wicked, “Do not toss your horns; Do not toss your horns so high, nor speak with a proud neck.”

My husband and I watch a particular reality show that’s been on TV for most of our twenty years of marriage. Even though we know much of it is contrived, the twists and turns keep us tuned in. The human heart cannot be scripted: Jealousy and fear, relationship and connection, greed and desire are central characters in this social experiment.

So too is pride. The producers take special notice of the players who pat themselves on the back. Nearly every episode features a contestant bragging about his or her prowess. And nearly every time, the braggart is brought up short, is voted off the island, and exits the game.

Pride goes before the fall, as the proverb says.

Time and again, the Bible talks about the sins of pride and self-righteousness that keep us from whole-heartedly loving and trusting God. Humility doesn’t make for compelling TV programs, but that’s the strength of character God wants to see in us.

MOVING FORWARD: Do you need to do some work on your high horns or proud neck? How will you humble yourself today?

PRAY for the Diocese of Aotearoa (Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia)

Today the Church remembers Anskar, Archbishop of Hamburg, Missionary to Denmark and Sweden, 865.

PS 75, 76 * 23, 27 | Genesis 24:28-38, 49-51 | Hebrews 12:12-29 | John 7:14-36



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