I’m reading this really cool book by Brennan Manning called Souvenirs of Solitude. It’s a spiritual book about being quiet before God and really examining our lives.
So the chapter I read today talks about being “poor in spirit” which is basically having a realistic idea of who and what we are. We don’t have it all together. We don’t have all the answers and we don’t know what is coming next in our lives. But we act like we do.
Father Manning talks about the temptation of Jesus in the desert and how most of those temptations dealt with Christ renouncing his humanity and acting like the God He is. He never did it. Then he talked about Satan’s first temptation of Eve in Eden. His promise to her about the fruit was that it would “make her like God.”
So here’s my observation: Isn’t it funny that Satan, from the beginning of time, has been tempting us to think more of ourselves than we should. To become like God. It’s what he got kicked out of Heaven for… and something he himself has never obtained. How does he think he can give us something he hasn’t got?
Don’t we do that all the time too? We try to be wise and give people advice in situations we’ve never faced. We give trite answers to incredibly hard questions because we’re too proud to admit that we don’t have a clue,
Blessed are the poor in spirit for they will see God… because they’ve stopped trying to take His job. 🙂