Leviticus 26: Stay Away from Pride
Leviticus chapter 26 is essentially comparing two possible outcomes. In one image of the world, the people of Israel follow God closely and they thrive. In the other picture of the world, the people of Israel don’t walk with God and pay for it.
However, there was a short passage that stood out to me as a trap that many people fall into even today.
Lev 26:19 And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass:
Lev 26:20 And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits.
One of the main problems that you could take from this story is pride. All of us have moments where we want to take credit for everything that goes well in our lives. However, that is not who we should be praising.
In fact, if we want to have pride in our power, we are essentially having pride in something that does not exist. We do not have any power whatsoever.
Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
We cannot do anything without God, but when we have Him by our side, the results are absolutely different.
Php 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
I think that the take away is rather obvious for today. We need to keep our pride in check. If we labor without God, it is going to be in vain. At times, it may feel like people can temporarily have success without God. For example, some white-collar criminals rip off millions of dollars and might feel that they were successful. Even if they are never caught, their labor was in vain. They had no favorable eternal consequences from doing evil.
When we do the things of God and advance His kingdom through His power, our actions could easily be felt for a long time or even eternally. Our power can’t do that alone, so why would we be proud of that?