Confessions of a Worm

How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman? Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight. How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm? – Job 25:4-6

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Sometimes, I act as though God just couldn’t accomplish his will without me.

Ironic, isn’t it? As Christians, we strive to rid ourselves of pride and allow Christ to shine through us.

And yet, despite my good intentions, pride slips into my consciousness at times – perhaps when I consider the success of a ministry to which I contribute, or when I look at the people my children are becoming.

Yup, all those blessings and accomplishments are because of ME, right?

I’ve worked hard. I’ve stayed the course. I, I, I….


A clean comedian my family enjoys does a bit about people who love to talk about themselves at parties. He calls such people “me monsters.”

We laugh, because we know “me monsters.” We joke that they are, at least, easy conversationalists. They have no trouble talking about themselves!

But the joke also strikes close to home, because none of us want to be that person.

I really don’t want to be that person, even secretly.

So, whenever I become aware of pride in my heart, I consider the words of great men of the Bible (those who had every human reason to be proud, by the way).

Stalwart Job considered man, himself included, to be a worm, perhaps the lowest life form he knew of.

The Apostle Paul referred to himself as the chief of sinners.

And, I consider how God feels about pride. He calls it an abomination. He says that  he hates it.

In this era of positive self-talk, it may be controversial to call oneself a worm, or the worst sinner that ever was.

But compared to God, that’s just what we are.

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Remember the prophet Isaiah’s reaction, when he entered the presence of the Lord?

Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts. – Isaiah 6:5

Perhaps we could take a lesson from Job, Paul, and Isaiah.

I’m so grateful that God loves this lowly worm, and that He is willing to forgive my pride.


What do you think of the idea of being a “worm?” I welcome your comments.


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18 thoughts on “Confessions of a Worm”

  1. “Me-monsters,” I love it! I have heard those same people referred to as folks that have “I” trouble because they can’t seem to focus on anything other than themselves.
    The lowlier the better as far as I am concerned for myself. Jesus models the servant heart that I try to emulate. His whole teaching turns the world’s way of thinking upside down; i.e. the first will be last, to be the greatest one must be servant of all and so many others. It’s our hearts that He is after. Knowing that, I’d just as soon leave the accolades to some one else.
    Blessings,
    Pastor Chuck

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  2. I recently downloaded a few of John Bunyan’s works in the Kindle app, for free. One of them is called Chief of Sinners, or something similar. I think it was this work that Bunyan was working through understanding God’s grace.

    I really appreciate Charles Spurgeon quotes because he often has convicting ones to remind us of our place. Through a bible study devotional from the SetApartGirl by Lesley Ludy, I’ve learned of a Christian woman, Amy Carmichael (might be spelling that wrong) and she has SOME POWERFUL thoughts, as well.

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      1. Shae may enjoy Lesley Ludy’s podcast SetApartGirl. Lesley has a lot of topics for married or single women, and topics that involve women in general or girls. Lesley encourages people to learn about missionaries and believers who have been persecuted for Jesus, to know their stories. I’ve learned about so many different women through her.

        Her podcast is

        https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/setapartgirl/id1187669968

        You may like her as well. Currently one of her most recent podcasts is about being Faith Filled Mother. 🙂 Her podcasts tend to be 15 to 20 mins.

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  3. Back in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve’s sin was that of pride, becoming convinced that they didn’t need God and would be fine on their own. And we see how well that turned out! How much better the world would be if more people embraced their worm-ness. Good post, as usual– the West Kentucky Worm 🙂

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  4. Love this post and especially the title. I don’t love the now-popular phrase “You are enough.” Yes, you are loved by God and important, but none of us are “enough.” I just read that Isaiah verse in the last day or two; wow, God is always speaking to us if we’re looking!

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  5. Isaac Watts had it right:

    “Alas! and did my Savior bleed
    And did my Sov’reign die?
    Would He devote that sacred head
    For such a worm as I?”
    –from the hymn

    I am not enough, but Jesus is. Thanks for your truth-words.

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