Pride Brings a Person Low

Many lives have purposed to be number one. The NFL playoffs are in session now. The last two teams from the NFC, Seattle and San Francisco,  and the last two teams from the AFC, New England and Denver, are what remains from a field of 32. All 32 teams, including my beloved Falcons, started the season with high hopes only to be disappointed with not making it to the Superbowl, the hope of being number one.

In life, people are always looking for an advantage to be number one or on top. Some times, that desire overrides godly principles. When our desire supersedes what God desires, we enter into a dangerous  situation. We enter the twilight zone of pride. We know that In his pride, the wicked man does not seek God. We also know from the post Stalked by Pride: My Life is on the Line that each day is filled with circumstances that tempt us to supersede what God has established.

Solomon, one of the wisest men who ever lived, says that we should avoid living in pride. There are grave consequences when we desire to be number one above all the principles of God.

Proverbs 29:23
23 Pride brings a person low,
but the lowly in spirit gain honor. (NIV)

23  A man’s pride will bring him low,
But the humble in spirit will retain honor. (NKJV)

This verse compares with Proverbs 16:18 and 18:12.  The sin of pride does not allow the fool to benefit from another’s wisdom; however, “wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord, and humility comes before honor.” Proverbs 15:33.

Pride causes man to be embarrassed. It brings about a humiliation to him who claims to be more than what he is. Of Proverbs 29:23, Matthew Henry said, “This agrees with what Christ said more than once, 1. That those who exalt themselves shall be abased. Those that think to gain respect by lifting up themselves above their rank, by looking high, talking big, appearing fine, and applauding themselves, will on the contrary expose themselves to contempt, lose their reputation, and provoke God by humbling providences to bring them down and lay them low. 2. That those who humble themselves shall be exalted, and shall be established in their dignity: Honour shall uphold the humble in spirit; their humility is their honour, and that shall make them truly and safely great, and recommend them to the esteem of all that are wise and good.”

If we want to be humbled or humiliated, we should take a position of pride; however, if we want to be lifted up, we should assume the position, the humble position. Remember, Pride Brings a Person Low.


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