Proverbs chapters 6:17,11:2,16:5,18; and 21:4 tell us what God says about pride. These scriptures tell us God hates pride in our attitude and in our thinking (Proverbs 6:17). We, also, learn that God not only hates the attitude and thinking but God hates every arrogant person (Proverbs 16:5). Pride is followed by disgrace (Proverbs 11:2). Pride has no choice but to lead someone to destruction (Proverbs 16:18).
Pride permeates the way we look at others, it is in our thoughts about our-self and others, and pride leads to evil acts which are sin.
What are we to expect when living in pride
Again, Proverbs tells us disgrace will be in our life. What does this look like?
When we live in pride we live with shame and guilt deep inside us. Proverbs 12:16 tells us a person with shame covers it up with anger. The world has told us for years guilt and shame are bad for us. There remedy is, don’t feel guilty because it’s not your fault. Get rid of the shame by forgiving yourself and look where that has gotten us. Only Christ has the power and the authority to cleanse our hearts from guilt and shame. No matter how desperately the world fights against God’s word, God’s word is eternal, truth, and always at work.
Proverbs 16:18 tells us pride leads one place, destruction. Proverbs 21:4 tells us pride is sin. This means when anyone, believer and unbeliever, has the attitude they are superior to others, God will humble them. There is no escaping the fall from the heights of our boasting in our flesh. There are many examples in scripture, Pharaoh, Sennacherib, Herod, and more. We will look at Nebuchadnezzar.
Daniel 4:29 At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon. 30 The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty? 31 While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee.
King Nebuchadnezzar is walking around his palace saying,
- Babylon is great because I built it,
- I built it by my “mighty power,” and
- I built it to honor and glorify my greatness
The words were still in the king’s mouth when God humbled him (Daniel 4:31-33).
James 4:6 KJV But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
resists – 498-(antitassamai), a very old military term, was used for placing a soldier in a specific platoon (with a specific function) – i.e. in a definite order to attack or resist (HELPS Word-studies)
The prideful sinful heart is at war with God and God is at war with the person who lives in the sin of pride. It is God alone who humbles the prideful heart. It may not seem as if God has punished the sin of pride yet, but He will, whether it is here on earth or at His judgment seat. Meaning there are many people living in the sin of pride and they are prospering, living what is considered a good life but in the end it will lead to eternal destruction.
Daniel 4:34 KJV And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: 35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? 36 At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me. 37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.
This is the outcome God wants, which is, to know that when we walk in pride God will and is able to put us down.
Pride puts us in the place of God. Satan was kicked out of heaven because of his sin of pride. He peddled his pride to Eve, who listened and agreed with Satan, Adam agreed and pride cost them both everything. Now the sin of pride is in every heart and God is still resisting the proud. At the same time, God is the way to humility in order to receive grace and resist the devil (James 4:7).
Psalm 23:1 KJV The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
When God called me to His Son, Jesus, my eyes were opened to the destruction that my sin had caused in my life. I can tell you there was no permanent calm, absence of fear, and goodness and mercy was not a trail I left behind me. But God, Jesus, is now my Shepherd and it is His goodness, mercy, love, peace, and grace that I desire to be what I leave on the trail behind me while looking to the inheritance, through faith in Christ Jesus, in front of me.