No Place for Pride
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. – Proverbs 16:18
Pride has been a major stumbling block for mankind all the way back to Adam and Eve; when tempted by the thought of having knowledge like God and becoming like him, they took the bait and ate of the forbidden fruit. How often in my own life have I done the same thing! In my younger years it was my refusal to open up about my secret struggles - part of this was fear, but an equal (and perhaps larger) part was my desire to maintain the facade of being a “victorious Christian” who didn’t deal with those problems. These days I get tripped up at times by my desire to feel important and valued; sometimes I want nothing more than for people to just acknowledge I’m right! I’ve dug myself a few rather deep holes because of this, and graciously end up humbled by the Lord in the end.
In his many years of discipleship ministry Leroy Eims of the Navigators has encountered his fair share of pride as well. In his devotional “No Place for Pride” he shares the example from the Old Testament of Uzziah the king. He came to the throne at the young age of 16, and Scripture tells us that as long as he sought the Lord, he prospered. However, sadly things didn’t stay that way. Of his later years Eims says this:
With all that going for him, you’d think he would be safe. But he wasn’t. The Bible says, “When he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction.” He fell, through the sin of pride. When he had grown great in power, popularity, and wealth, he did not lift up the name of God in gratitude. His prosperity puffed him up, and down he went.
Eims then shares that of all sins, more downfalls come from pride than any other sin. Kind of like certain drugs it is often a “gateway” to bigger sins. So it’s good to have a reminder like this to stop and check from time to time and make sure pride isn’t crowding out humility and a servant’s heart.