Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Observations from 1 Samuel, Number 1

"Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed." 1 Samuel 2:3
I read this verse yesterday, only minutes after a rebellious teenager at a local high school told me that she was not going to do the assignment her teacher left her to do. This girl, sad to say, was so proud that she felt it appropriate to be arrogant and disrespectful to authority. God will weigh her actions.

The speaker of these words is Hannah, who is praising God after the birth of her son, Samuel. In the first two chapters of 1 Samuel, Hannah certainly comes across as humble (though distressed at her early inability to bear children) and obedient.

It is possible to be proud and/or arrogant without showing blatant rebellion. Pride and arrogance are attitudes of the heart which each of us must search out and, with God's help, remove from our lives. Any of us is susceptible to them.

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