When Liberia fell, Liberia fell hard. Pride led the way. “Pride goes before destruction and haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18
There is still much conflict beneath the surface and because of it. And as we mentioned yesterday, there is still a lot concern of what might happen when a new president and leaders are announced. This too, has pride as a root. “Where there is strife there is pride.” Proverbs 13:10
Arguing is a way of life for many and election time exemplifies this sinful character flaw as candidates cut each other with their words. “For the sins of their mouths, for the words of their lips, let them be caught in their pride.”Isaiah 59:10 A real fear of violence once again erupting is part of the daily talk on the streets and in the marketplace. “Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence.” Psalm 73:6
As Christians, we are not exempt from this struggle, in fact, we often don’t even realize that it is sin when we believe our motive to be service to God. Yet, in pride, we believe our ideas and importance to be greater than others. Even the twelve argued about who was the greatest. “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Matthew 23:8-12
Jesus showed us the full extent of his love by becoming the servant of all, and dying. Although he was God, he took the lowest position and humbled himself and became obedient to death on a cross. (Philippians 2) He washed his disciple’s feet as his last parable. “When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” John 13:12-17 Pray that God would give Liberia servant leaders that follow Jesus and lead with shepherd-like humility. These are the types of leaders that can truly bring healing and unity back to Liberia as they move forward toward their future.
Dear heavenly Father, you resist the proud but give grace to the humble. Lead the leaders of Liberia to humble themselves, along with the people, so that you may lift them up in your time. We continue to cast the cares of Liberia on you, trusting in your care for this suffering nation. Raise up servants as their leaders that lower themselves, having the same attitude that Jesus did when he left his throne in heaven and humbled himself and even became obedient to death, death on a cross. As you exalted Jesus to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, raise up your people in Liberia even as they humble themselves. In Jesus name, Amen.