Hidden pride.

Series: Resilient | Week 3: Letting Go of What's Holding On To You

Genesis 40:1-8
“Some time later, Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer and chief baker offended their royal master. Pharaoh became angry with these two officials, and he put them in the prison where Joseph was. . .When Joseph saw them the next morning, he noticed that they both looked upset. ‘Why do you look so worried today?’ he asked them. And they replied, ‘We both had dreams last night, but no one can tell us what they mean.’ ‘Interpreting dreams is God’s business,’ Joseph replied. ‘Go ahead and tell me your dreams.’”

After some time in the prison, Joseph encounters two of Pharaoh’s chief officials. When they each have upsetting dreams, Joseph steps in. He credits God with the ability to interpret dreams but then says, ‘tell ME your dreams.’ Joseph has grown a ton in his relationship with God but he still has some hidden pride evident in his heart.

Respond in Prayer
As you spend time in prayer right now, ask for God to point out where pride may still be lurking in your life. Are you defensive? Slow to admit wrong doing? Self-conscious or vain about physical appearance? Do you often think your opinion is the right one? God takes sin seriously—He reminds us three times in Scripture that He opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Spend some time confessing, asking Him to root out the pride you see and don’t see in your life so that you can continue to grow more into the image of Jesus every day. 

For Families with Kids at Home
Where is pride and/or your desire to be right ruling your parenting? Confess that to God today, and ask him to give you a servant’s heart when it comes to parenting your kids—that you wouldn’t be led by a spirit of pride but one of service.