Proverbs: Defeating the PridePride Monster
January 24, 2020
January 24, 2020
What do the Scriptures teach us about the dreaded and sneaky PridePride Monster, and the danger that it is in our lives? Let’s look at three Proverbs on pride.
PRIDE PROCEEDS DOWNFALL
Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but before honor comes humility. Proverbs 18:12
Proverbs 18:12 tells us that before a person crashes and burns, a person’s heart is often proud; the exact opposite principle is there too… humility comes before honor.
Often the first sin we have to deal with is a proud heart. Pride comes first, then the inevitable downfall. But there’s a little bonus in that verse, just to make sure that you got the contrast. Solomon says, “Humility comes first. And then honor.” Pride, then downfall OR – choose wisely – humility and then honor.
PRIDE PROCEEDS DISGRACE
When arrogance comes, disgrace follows, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2
We see arrogance and disgrace. When the PridePride Monster is ruling your life, it’s not just enough that you’re going to have a downfall, you will also have disgrace. It’s one thing to lose; it’s quite another thing to be disgraced.
PRIDE PROCEEDS DESTRUCTION
Pride comes before destruction, and an arrogant spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18
In Psalm 73, Asaph is talking about how rich, evil people are prospering. It troubles his soul. Their hearts are lifted up and they look at him with haughty eyes. Asaph says later on, “I know that their destruction is sure because You have set their feet in a slippery place. Their fall is imminent.”
The PridePride Monster can destroy you! It’s so wicked and evil because we often don’t even see it in our own lives. And the destruction will come in God’s own timing, not ours.
PRIDE GUARANTEES GOD’S DEFIANCE
In the same way, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. All of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. 1 Peter 5:5-6
I love the wording here. “All of you clothe yourselves with humility.” I pray on a regular basis, “Lord, help me to take on the cloak of humility. Help me to put it on just like I put on a coat. Help me take that humility coat with me everywhere I go.”
People try to play games with God all the time. Here’s a word of advice. Get on God’s team. If you want to play against Him, the fastest way to guarantee His opposition is to be proud.
Never bet against the One who holds all the cards. Actually, God doesn’t just hold all the cards – He invented the game; He created you. He arranged for you to come to the table. So, don’t ever bet against God. Better yet, don’t ever play games with God. You’re not going to win.
So, how do we slay the Monster Pride?
We don’t. We can’t. We place our lives in Christ and humbly ask Him to fight this battle for us.
Keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith. For the joy that lay before him, he endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
Keep your eyes on Him. Think about how you can serve Him. Think about how you can serve your brothers and sisters, your neighbors around you. Focus on Jesus. He will defeat the PridePride Monster for us.
Kevin is a Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.