A daily devotional by Dr. K. Neill Foster
for March 14, 2019
Text: "Be completely humble and gentle . . . bearing with one another in love." Ephesians 4:2
My missionary sister, now retired used to tell me, "Neill, you're stuck up."My mother, too, prayed before her passing, "Lord, keep Neill humble."
They were trying to tell me something. Apparently, they saw an arrogance in me that was offensive to people and displeasing to God. One day, it finally came to a head.
While I was preaching a series of meetings in Fort Nelson, BC, I became aware of resistance to my ministry. Curiously, I intuitively knew that the resistance was not from the devil. So, where was it coming from?.
After arriving home, one day my father drove me in his pickup to visit pastor Duane Morscheck, a good friend of mine. Curiously, I was not really anxious for the visit. But Dad seemed determined to drop me off at the church.
Our conversation covered many things, but came abruptly to a close when I asked him to pray for me. For him, my request was a kind of signal. He thrust his index finger in my face and with passion told me something I have never forgotten.
"Neill, it's your pride! It stinks!"
That day the Lord Jesus installed an alarm system in me that is in good working order even today. I don't claim to have never been proud since that time, but I do hate pride with a passion and want nothing to do with it in my life.
I have discovered that "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble." God was resisting me because of my pride. Is He resisting you?