Self is a powerful thing. It can puff us up and make us feel self righteous. It can inflate our ego to the point of self worship. It can beat others down to raise us up. Self can drive us to do things that solely benefit us. Self is a ravenous beast that is never satisfied.
It seems everyday I am fighting my self. Like a selfie picture, the camera seems to always be turned on me instead of others. But there is one aspect of my self focus that did not occur to me until I read Job 40:8: “Will you really annul My judgment? Will you condemn Me that you may be justified (NASB)?”
When I build up myself at the expense of God’s way and his truth, I am in essence discrediting his judgement. When I seek to justify myself I am denouncing God. My testimony for Jesus in my life is diluted, weakened for the sake of self promotion. While it is important to take care of ourselves — our emotional and physical wellbeing — we need to pray for God’s wisdom to help us avoid placing self and our interests above God.
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