Wednesday – August 23, 2023

Isaiah 14-16; Matthew 28

13 For you said to yourself,
    I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God’s stars.
I will preside on the mountain of the gods
    far away in the north.
14 I will climb to the highest heavens
    and be like the Most High.’ (Isaiah 14.13-14)

Pride does a work on us that we often don’t see. I dare say it blinds us while trying to protect our own self interest. As we are saying, “I will,” JESUS is saying, “I am.”

  • I am the Bread of Life (John 6:35)
  • I am the Light of the World (John 8:12)
  • I am the Door (John 10:9)
  • I am the Good Shepherd (John 10:11,14)
  • I am the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25)
  • I am the Way and the Truth and the Life (John 14:6)
  • I am the Vine (John 15:1,5)

Pride was Satan’s sin as well as Babylon’s. Pride willfully opposes God and will result in judgment. Israel made the mistake of being too proud to depend on God, and we are vulnerable to this as well (Life Application Bible).

So if we tie all this together, we see the “I will” is an effort of pride to do things without GOD. This leaves us always destined to frustration and failure. We must have the great “I AM” (Exodus 3.14) to do HIS will and not “our will.”

LORD, we repent for thinking and acting and saying “I will do this or that.” We desire to know and live out the reality that we can do nothing without YOU and that all we need YOU are. We utterly surrender and depend wholly and solely on YOU, Amen.