A Man Wrapped Up in Himself Makes a Very Small Bundle

Moses and Aaron before Pharaoh (painting by Be...

Moses and Aaron before Pharaoh (painting by Benjamin West) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Author: CCRagamuffin

Did you ever take C. S. Lewis’ test for pride?  He counseled that if we want to know how proud we are, just ask yourself…”Self,  how annoyed do you get when anyone else is showing off or butting into your territory?”.  Well, not his exact question…but his thought! The point is,  we get annoyed with someone else being controlling, demanding, and self-advancing…because…we are.

Pride causes division in human relationships…but also between humanity and divinity.  The person who is always pushing others down, so that he can be above; is not going to be lifting his eyes up to The Eternal Perfect.  Wouldn’t that self even avoid The Eternal Perfect, since it would cause self to wither in contrast?

As I meander after Moses on my broken road to grow in faith, I am presented with contrasting personalities in this area of pride;  Pharaoh, who “refused to humble” himself before God (Ex 10:3), and Moses, who is presented as more humble than anyone (Num 12:3) and  the servant of the Lord (Deut 34:5).   With every contact Pharaoh has with the Lord he becomes harder set in his pride, while with every contact Moses has, he responds with growing faith.

A meandering disciple can grab hold of a principle here.  Faith is opposed to pride.

So what does this Pharaoh-heart-that-I-must-beware-of, look like?  It not only looks down on others by being critical and fault finding, it must have its own way and be demanding about it.  It is confident in how much it knows and thinks often of what it can do for others…and God.  It is driven to prove that it is right and should be appreciated, recognized, and listened to.  It is quick to blame others, to correct others and slow to ask forgiveness because, after all, it doesn’t want anyone thinking it has any spiritual needs.  It doesn’t recognize its own condition.

What does a Pharaoh heart look like to you?  Did you take action against it?  What heart medicine did you apply?  I’d love to hear from you.

Blessings To You Who Meander After Moses With Me, CeeCee

About mtsweat

Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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1 Response to A Man Wrapped Up in Himself Makes a Very Small Bundle

  1. ptl2010 says:

    I had an audit client once, who acted like a pharaoh but it was a cover-up his subordinates knew, for he was most insecure as his three subordinates were higher educated than he and they were well-liked by his boss. He shouted and screamed at them belittling them in front of their subordinates, and one day he was given a taste of his medicine when his very nice boss who could not stand to be witness to such harassment, felt he needed his own medicine. From that day onwards, he was delivered of staff harassment.
    Once I had a boss like a pharaoh. I tolerated him as the Lord helped me discern his fears in his back slidden spiritual situation. and in addition I prayed for 3 years for him. One day he was so convicted by a Teleevangelist while he was on a business trip in t he USA that he repented before the Lord in that hotel room and returned to the Lord. When his relationship with the Lord was made right, his relationships with his subordinates too became right . Praise the Lord He answers prayer.

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