Pr. 16:18: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
One of my funniest “pride” moments was on stage during a play. There was silence and I was thinking, “Who forgot their line? Someone needs to be talking right now!” The next thing I heard was someone speaking my line to me in the form of a question. Because it turns out that I was the one who forgot their line, I was being rescued from embarrassment and the play was being rescued from silence. Ha!
I can remember another moment of pride that is not quite so funny. I received a letter once from a friend during a sinful time in my life. Since she lived over 8 hours away, she wrote to let me know that she was concerned about the fact that my choices were going against God’s word. She was concerned for my soul. What an amazing friend!! Truly she was living out Gal. 6:1, which says, “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any sin, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness.”
She was right, of course, but my pride and sin’s grip caused me to become angry as I read that letter. I remember saying aloud that she needed to mind her own business and I wadded up the letter and threw it in the trash. Oh, how I wish I would have heeded her words! Her letter was something only a true friend can write. It did plant a seed; however, and that was actually when I began feeling and hearing the Lord calling me back to Him. (Thank you, my beautiful Amie. I love you, girl!)
King Uzziah is recorded as a good and successful king of Judah. 2 Ch. 26:4 says, “he did what was right in the sight of the Lord.” From there, we see that as long as Uzziah sought the Lord, God made Him prosper. God helped him defeat his enemies, become prosperous, and become famous far and wide and gain much loyalty.
2 Ch. 26:16, “But when he was strong his heart was lifted up, to his destruction, for he sinned against the Lord his God by entering the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense.” The Lord helped King Uzziah to become strong and mighty, but after he became strong, Uzziah’s pride caused him to think he was worthy to enter the temple of the Lord and do the job of priests.
God was very specific with His instructions about the temple, the priests, the altar, etc. Because of Uzziah’s prideful decision, he was struck with leprosy, isolated, and cut off from the house of the Lord until the day he died.
Pride is an indicator of sin’s grip on our hearts. We must remember the true source of our strength and provision. Humbling ourselves before the King of Kings gives Him the opportunity to bless us, keep us, be gracious to us, and to give us true peace. May God bless you today?
Bending my knee to Him,