Even looking at this image makes me cringe! This balloon is destined to pop with the dog’s sharp teeth ready to bite. Even knowing it is coming, I would still jump at the sound. It would not be so likely to burst of course, if it were not so completely filled with air. But the fuller it is, the more vulnerable it is to bursting. With the balloon filled to capacity with hot air, any sharp object could bring it down.
Today’s verse describes the pride of a man without God. This individual is full of himself, his own thoughts and reason. In his prideful thinking, there is no need for God. He has everything. He has it all figured out. His thoughts do not allow for the divine nor the supernatural. And because he does not acknowledge God, he does not believe he will have to answer for his wickedness.
The problem is that there will be a sharp reckoning that will burst his pride. God will not be mocked. What is sowed will be reaped (Gal. 6:7). God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble (James 4:6). When I push out my thoughts of self-importance, there is room for thoughts of God. He is worthy of all my awe and contemplation. Making Him the subject of my meditation keeps me in that humble place. I want and need His favor in my life. In His love He wants to bless me, but He waits for me to empty myself of selfish pride and in humility make Him the center of my thoughts.
Lord, be my best thought today.