Jan. 17, 2019

A Matter of Pride

It’s no secret that pride outrages God. The Book of Proverbs tells us that one of the things the Lord hates is a prideful look. While there is a list of other things that upset God, pride seems to be one that constantly keeps rearing its ugly head – even among God’s people.

The Book of Isaiah says, “A day is coming when human pride will be ended, and human arrogance destroyed. Then the Lord alone will be exalted. On that day the Lord Almighty will humble everyone who is powerful, everyone who is proud and conceited.” Chapter 2 of Isaiah ends with, “Put no more confidence in mortal man. What are they worth?”

Pride creeps in and easily takes over despite our best efforts to remain humble. Pride has many faces. For some, we might be overly boastful about our own accomplishments. More often than not, it’s a look we give the less fortunate. It’s a look that exalts the rich, the famous and the powerful while demeaning the poor, needy and oppressed. James 2:1-4 condemns showing favoritism in the church and warns against arrogance among Christians.

Isaiah prophesied to a rebellious nation. These people weren’t the heathens we point fingers at so often. God’s own people were rebelling. In fact, most of the prophets in the Old Testament confronted God’s people; the people who should have known better. The people who had a Lord that loved them, blessed them, protected them, and walked with them. His people should be the most grateful, grace-filled, and giving. During bible days, pride constantly got in the way. I fear we’re experiencing the same phenomena today. Believe me, it won’t end well. For us.

If we are reading God’s word, we hopefully hear and heed its message. Pride overtook God’s people in bible days. Let’s not follow suit.