Faith, Parenting, Relationships

The Things that Boys Build

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Last christmas (2012), all 3 boys were building masters!

All three of my boys like to build towers.

How high can they go? How steady are their hands?

Of course, this mama is cheering each one on,

“You can do it! Go higher!”

And, they do.

And then, it falls with a crash and applause.

Turning back the pages of the Old Testament, we find some tower builders. But, their tower was not met with applause. Instead, it was constructed out of pride, doubt, and distrust leading to the very thing they feared– being scattered.

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Pride is shown as a destructive force throughout the Bible. It’s rooted back to the fall of Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12-14) and the fall of man (Genesis 3:5-6). No wonder

it trips us up too.

Remember back in Genesis the reason God told Noah to build a boat?

“The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” (Genesis 6:5,8)

Pride.

{Btw, I can’t wait to see the new Russel Crowe movie coming out!}

noah the movie

After the flood, Noah’s sons repopulated the earth (Genesis 10). But just one chapter later, we see ugly pride sneak up again.

“Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” Genesis 11:4

There are some little treasures nestled within the words of this story, SAFEGUARDS to prevent the ugly attitude of pride to stick all over you:

1. When I think I can do it better than God and take matters into my own hands, I doubt and refuse God’s provision thus distrusting His love and care.

They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly,” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. vs 3

I do this, too. I think I can do things faster and better than God. I doubt if he is really out for my best. I want to be in control. So, I take matters into my own hands.

In what ways? When I become impatient on His plans for friendships, ministry, buying a house decisions and take matters into my own hands by developing friends that aren’t uplifting, forging out in ministry based on my own personality, and make rash decisions to purchase a house.

The SAFEGUARDING truth: Our best efforts never measure up to the work of God. His ways are always best. He plan is never wrong.

2.  When I seek to get attention for my skills, I value my own immediate, tangible glory over God’s. I want the credit. I want to build up my own worth based on what the world holds as worthy. I want others to envy and admire me.

In what ways do I seek my glory rather than God’s? When I tend to take the credit for my boy’s respectful behavior puffing up with pride at the compliments. When I don’t want to ask for God’s help or depend on Him for a project at work because I don’t want to give Him credit.

The SAFEGUARDING truth:  True significance and worth is not found in getting attention and admiration. It is settled in understanding and accepting who I am created to be.

“Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.” 2 Corinthians 3:5

3.  When my own comfort and lack of surrender rise in priority, I hold too tightly to what I want to do and the things this world values.

The sons of Noah didn’t want to obey God and fill the earth. They were comfortable, secure, didn’t want change. They were hoping to ensure security and position apart from God so they could continue to do what they wanted to do. Ironically, the very thing they feared was the consequence to their doubt.

“So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city.” vs 8

The SAFEGUARDING truth:  Clinging to what I want is a mode of self-destruction because I really don’t know what is best for me. What’s best is to follow God.

God knows we have intense battle with our pride. It can ruin relationships and cause intense heartache. Pride can shade everything we see through the lens of me-me-me causing us to make very unwise decisions.

Take this day and evaluate your point of view. Does it sound like, smell like, taste like pride? Then, make a decision:

Will I continue like this?

Do I believe that God’s plan in better than my own?

Do I believe He is the utmost of love and interacts with me with love?

Acknowledge the pride in your heart and tell God about it.

Believe that pride is destructive.

Choose to trust God.

Ugly Attitudes Bible Study

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