A few nights ago I had a dream. In the dream somebody was teaching me a different kitchen skill. I found myself saying after just a few minutes into the lesson, “Oh, I know. I know. It is OK”. But in the dream I knew that I really did not know how to do it the way the instructor was teaching me. I realized pride had reared it’s ugly head.
Unfortunately this is not just something that has happened in dreams. As I woke and pondered the dream, I realized I have done this in my real life. Why and when? Again it was pride that made me want to cover up my “lack” in that area. When are the situations that this temptation rears its ugly head? When I think I should already “know” something. When I am trying to impress someone. When I am feeling insecure. Through this dream God began to uncover another area of my weakness. Philippians 2:3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather in humility value others above yourselves.
Wow, I have to confess this covering up of my weak areas fall into both selfish ambition and vain conceit. By declaring “I know, I know” when I really don’t is actually lying. It is also robbery. It robs me of learning something new, and robs the person sharing with me his/her knowledge and the blessing of sharing something they have learned. I admit, as I let the Holy Spirit unpack these truths how far off the mark or “sin full” it really is, I had to repent. So thankful for the grace of God and His forgiveness. What seemed such a simple cover up can impact our lives in subtle and not so subtle ways. Who knew such a small part of an inconsequential dream could have led to so many insights. I am grateful and thankful for the Holy Spirit and His ability to communicate with us truths that help bring light into every dark place.
Here are some scriptures about pride that, once again show us how destructive it truly is.
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2
Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice. Proverbs 13:10
Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope fora fool than for them. Proverbs 26:12