LAB174 Four reasons God hates pride
1 Peter 5:6-7
LAB174 God relieves the humble of their fears
Published July 20th, 2017; Updated July 20th, 2017
1 Peter 5:6-7
x Humble yourselves, therefore,
under the mighty hand of God
so that at the proper time he may exalt you,
y casting all your anxieties on him,
because z he cares for you.
Refer: http://www.desiringgod.org/labs/four-reasons-god-hates-pride Thoughts: I absolutely love by intently John Piper looks at the text, asks such perceptive questions and waits patiently for answers, reading naturally in a supernatural way. I continue to apply little parts of the book Reading the Bible Supernaturally here. In this LAB, John Piper asks what are the four reasons that God hates pride. This title of the LAB already gives me a hint to look for four reasons. But I must say the answers were different. John Piper had: 1) It opposes/dishonors His might 2) It destroys people 3) It ruins people's peace now 4) It robs us of the sweetest experience My answers were: 1) Because God is mighty and we are not 2) Only God has the right to choose when to lift us up or bring us down 3) If we are proud, we would not cast our anxieties onto God. So God does not receive the glory of delivering us from our anxieties 4) By being proud, we would not know God's care for us, thereby perverting who God is to others. Observations I thought how John Piper's answers were more focussed on what pride does to us, while mine is how it affects God The first list would be more compelling to motivate myself and people. While the second group of answers tend to be, while factual and true, less helpful in how the text would change me. This is a point in Chapter 27 of the Reading the Bible Supernaturally book. I like the above point because it's more than just applying the Word. It's how is the Word to change me. The sequence listed in the book of seeing, savouring and being changed by the Word, is so helpful and encouraging to me. At the end of any time in the Word, I want to seek for the change, and to help others do so. How I am changed by this text I can see how I struggle with pride to want to carry my own anxieties. I want to humble myself I will do so by praying and seeking to trust this specific passage on Anxiety, asking God to also humble me, and to be able to know His care.