Book: Proverbs 16
“Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.”
Here is a lesson some of us have to keep learning. Where pride is, the crash is close behind it. The Message paraphrases the verse this way, “first pride, then the crash – the bigger the ego, the harder the fall”. When we think that we are pretty good, have all the answers and have done something great, look out because God will put us in our place. We are not the one to sit on the throne but the King of Kings invites us to serve with Him, under his direction and for His purpose.
If we don’t want to experience the pain of being put in our place, the best thing we can do is stay in our place! That place is close beside our King without trying to take His place in our lives.
Goliath had a pride issue. He thought (others encouraged him in this) because he was so tall and big that no one could beat him in a battle. When young David went out to fight him without armour, Goliath looked down on him and sneered at David saying, “am I a dog that you come at me with a stick?…Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!”. Goliath was relying on his own strength. David on the other hand knew his own weakness but more importantly he knew and trusted in the strength of the almighty God. Therefore he said in reply in Goliath, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies – the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defiled…” David didn’t trust his own strength nor try to take credit for what God had and was going to do. The end result… you know. All it took was one simple stone and down went Goliath.
I wonder if David was thinking about this event when he wrote in Psalm18: 27, “You rescue the humble, but you humiliate the proud.”
As a Kingdom builder you are called “to do what is right, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8). This is the opposite spectrum from pride.
Take time with the Lord to evaluate if there is any pride in your life that needs to be dealt with. Then confess it and walk closely with the Lord. Don’t deny pride and end up crashing.