Presenting Pride

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 16

Gold Nugget
Verse 18: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

Commentary
Many of us hear these bits of wisdom or read them in scripture. The problem is we rarely believe it is as true as it seems. We see so many people that are full of pride and yet never seem to fail. We have a tendency to assume that if others walk in pride without this "so-called" destruction or fall, that it doesn't always apply. Let me introduce the factor that we often overlook or misunderstand. People that are not in a relationship with God may not ever see the direct or indirect results of their carnal living this side of eternity. However, for those of us in a relationship with the Lord, we often reap an unwanted harvest on this side of death for our recent disobedience. The reasoning is simple if we consider it from God's perspective. The Lord may not enforce all of His earthly principle of reaping and sowing here on earth to those that do not regard His principles. But for those who are called by His name, He uses these principles to teach us and build us. We are His workmanship.

When you see ungodly people profit from ungodly deeds, do not envy them. They will reap what they sow, whether it is in this life or after. When you see your own pride cause destruction in your life, do not despise it. God is ensuring that you learn and He is able to help you recover. Avoid pride and a character that acts superior to others. If you exalt yourself, you are asking God to bring you down to size.

Prayer
Lord, I want to remember who I am in you and who I am without you. I am nothing without you and if I am something with you, I want you to receive the glory for it. Amen


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2 comments:

  1. Amen Brother Steve!! To me this verse means men are most proud just before their fall,be it repentance or ruin! Freddie Rodriguez

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