Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 14:23-15:38 / Acts 25:23-26:23 / Proverbs 16:18-27
Have you ever been guilty of being prideful? “No…not me!” We have a difficult time admitting pride or even recognizing it in our lives but we can see it very clearly in someone else. Strange isn’t it? Pride is deceptive…it hides inside us and we don’t even know it is there...until it makes it’s appearance and destroys everyone, including ourselves.
Solomon writes about pride’s destruction in chapter 16 verse 18, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” Pride is destructive and it eventually self-destructs! A prideful person is “filled with themselves” and they have an over inflated ego. Some may claim that their pride is simply self-esteem, it is better described as inflated-esteem.
Prideful people have such an exaggerated opinion of themselves and they lose touch with reality. When their inflated fallacies don’t measure up to the challenges of life; they discover reality and destruction. Pride has a price – it costs more than we can ever imagine and will leave us bankrupt.
One may think a haughty spirit “builds them up” but it is designed to “tear them down”. A haughty, condescending, scornful spirit pushes everyone away. Others are victims of their disdain and arrogance. Haughty people live lonely lives…their “holier than thou” spirit leaves with an absence of friends.
Pride is the foundation of evil. Lucifer fell because of pride…he thought he could be like God. Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden tree of knowledge of good and evil because they thought doing so would make them like God. We know how it ended for Lucifer and Adam…it will be no different for the proud and haughty! They may think they are climbing the ladder of power, security and fulfillment but their fall is inevitable…”Look out below!”