The Shadow of Shame

Day 30

“When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom.”

– Proverbs 11:2

How many times do we find ourselves stuck in a cycle of sin? It happens to all of us. Sometimes we just get so caught up with our day to day routines that the “little” sins that don’t really affect anybody, take permanent residence in our everyday lives. Remember, sin is simply missing the mark of doing what God calls us to do. So, in the morning when we have slapped our alarm off one too many times, rather than getting up and spending time in the Word, that is a sin.

Personally, I have struggled with going a couple rounds with my alarm in the morning and then feeling so guilty about it later on. Then on top of that, I can remember sitting in youth service or Sunday morning service listening to the pastor tell of the importance of spending time daily in God’s Word. I remember feeling so embarrassed and thinking that everyone else has got their heads on straight and I can’t get my act right. If they only knew of my struggle, what would they think of me? That feeling of shame can weigh you down and cover over you. Like a cloud blocks the sun on a gloomy day, feelings of shame can separate us from what God has for us.

Proverbs 11:2 says that pride is the source of shame and that the only cure for it is humility. Another way of describing shame is embarrassment due to an inflated view of oneself. Now, does that mean that everyone who has ever felt shameful is cocky and full of themselves? Absolutely not! But what it does mean is that thinking we can do things on our own all the time will most likely lead us down the path to shame. The only way to combat the feeling of shame is to humble ourselves and ask for God’s help. Even when it comes to waking up early enough to spend time with Him.

Stay Strong and Carry On,