David gives us great spiritual leadership insight in Psalm 10:4 when He writes, “In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.” As spiritual leaders, we need to examine our thought-life, pursue humility and make ample room for God.
In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. Psalm 10.4 Click To Tweet
Pride edges God out of your thought process.
We rarely notice when we fall under the spell of pride because it goes hand-in-hand with self-deception. We simply edge God out of our thinking so that we can make space for our own thoughts, all the while believing in the spiritual legitimacy of our leadership.
Consider how these forms of pride leave no room for God:
- Self-righteousness leaves no room for the grace of God. Click To Tweet
- Self-promotion leaves no room for the favor of God. Click To Tweet
- Self-reliance leaves no room for the power of God. Click To Tweet
- Self-pity leaves no room for the consolation of God. Click To Tweet
Prideful leaders miss out on God’s guidance, wisdom and insight and they can’t figure out why, though the answer is clear. They are not desperate for God’s guidance, wisdom and insight because they trust their own. Pride leaves no room for God.
Humble leaders don’t trust themselves
Humble leaders don’t trust their own thoughts. They have a healthy fear of unknown self-deception. Humble leaders discredit their own ideas and go in search of a higher wisdom. They make room in their thoughts for God by making their own thoughts small.
- Do you make room for God to confront you of your sin?
- Do you make room for God to change your mind?
- Do you make room for God to give you guidance?
- Do you make room for God to give you inward consolation?
- Do you make room for God to alter your calendar?
- Do you make room for God to strengthen your weakness?