Usually, to make others believe I was I both confident and experienced, neither of which was true.
It is amazing that our inadequacies can lead us to arrogance.
Mine knew know bounds as I tried the best I could to fit in. The great deception was the only one who couldn’t see my ignorance was me.
As with everything in life, the Lord has used time to help me with my inadequacies. Although at times I still struggle with ignorance, I am far less likely to be arrogant about it.
Today, my struggle is more likely to be the “ignorance of
arrogance” as my need to feel proud or to be acknowledged for my abilities has
left me less ignorant, but more prone to arrogance.
In the middle of it all, the Lord is at work; showing me
that If I will allow Him, He will use my gifts and abilities for His purposes. In
His hands, my arrogance and ignorance can be replaced by humility which
heightens His ability to be seen in me.
Though my personal struggle with ignorance and arrogance is real, I am comforted by the fact that as I learn more about Him, I am less concerned about me.
I would ask you to consider where you are in your life. Are
you dealing with the “ignorance of arrogance” or the “arrogance of ignorance”? My
contention is you most likely are dealing or have dealt with one or the other.
Regardless, hopefully you are learning, as I am that both “ignorance
and arrogance” are unattractive and unnecessary for those who follow Jesus.
The beauty of this life and of our God is if we remain
teachable, we are never too far from the humility Jesus modeled. Whether we
emulate it is up to us. The unwillingness to do so is both Ignorant and
arrogant in whatever order you choose.
Proverbs 16:18 “Pride comes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall”.