Prideful Destruction

by Lee Buford on November 15, 2011

Few things, if any, are more detrimental to any of us than our own human pride. It clouds one’s view of his own depravity and sin, it builds walls of separation, it encourages self-glorification and self-reliance, and it blinds us from the reality that we are all in need of something far greater than we are capable of creating or providing on our own.

Most importantly, pride separates us from God and prevents us from rightly worshipping the One we were created to worship. A prideful man worships himself, his own abilities, and his own possessions instead. He fails to see that, as Proverbs 16:18 so clearly warns, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

Charles Spurgeon described it this way:

“There is nothing into which the heart of man so easily falls as pride, and yet there is no more vice which is more frequently, more emphatically, and more eloquently condemned in Scripture. Pride is a thing which should be unnatural to us, for we have nothing to be proud of. In almost every other sin, we gather us ashes when the fire is gone. But here, what is left? The covetous man has his shining gold, but what does the proud man have? He has less than he would have had without pride, and is no gainer whatever. Pride wins no crown.”

Assuredly, there is no gain in possessing a prideful heart…only pain, suffering, and destruction. Our prayers ought to be that God would reveal the prideful areas of our hearts and nature, and that, by His grace and mercy, we would go forward with humble hearts and lowly spirits, seeking only to glorify Him in all that we do.

 

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