Thinking, praying, reading, studying the Bible – when we do these things, we are reflecting on the Word of God. To reflect is to contemplate and/or consider, and God wants us to deeply reflect on His Word so that we can better understand Him.
Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD. – Proverbs 16:5.
Naturalists find it much less easy to teach a mountain-flower to accommodate itself to a low locality than to get one which by birth belongs to the valleys to live and thrive at a lofty elevation. So there seems nothing more difficult to men than to descend gracefully. How few who have been accustomed to a high position in society are able to reconcile themselves to a humble one!… So it is with us in our low and lost estate. Spiritually poor, we are spiritually proud, saying, “I am rich, and increased in goods, and have need of nothing;” while we are “wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.” Even when we are in some degree sensible of our poverty, and know we cannot pay, like the unjust steward, we are ashamed to beg. Indulging a pride out of all keeping “with filthy rags,” we will not stoop to stand at God’s door, poor mendicants, who ask for mercy.