Pride leads to destruction
As a young child I occasionally heard my mother say to us, “Pride goes before a fall.” A strong warning often followed, “Never think that you are more than others.”
“What do you mean Mama?” I’d ask. A flood of information then followed as she replied.
“Never look down on others because you feel that you are better then they are.
“Treat everybody the same regardless to how much they have.
“Watch how you carry yourself in the company of others; their hand might be the hand that one day has to feed you.
“If you look down on people, when you go down, and you will, you will see those same people looking at you.
“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before destruction,” Proverbs 16:18.
For some time I didn’t quite understand the part that read “pride goes before a fall,” until I was of age to study the Bible and grasp its meaning. In other words, when we think more highly of ourselves than we ought to, we will be brought low.
The first example the Bible gave of pride and destruction came in Genesis, chapter three. Satan used words to deceive the woman in the garden. He placed himself in a position where he was more than the very God that created him. The moment Satan spoke, he offered some of that same pride to the woman.
“For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing the difference between good and evil,” Genesis 3:5.
In verse 14, the Lord cursed the serpent and he was brought low. It is sad, but that the same spirit is in operation today that brought destruction in the garden.
The spirit of pride is ruining lives and we are unaware of the cause/effect that’s occurring. I was in the car with someone close to me as we proceeded in the drive-thru of a fast food restaurant. There was a young man standing before we got to the speaker in which one orders food. The individual rolled the window down and the young man asked could he have three dollars to get some food. The next thing that I heard made chills come over me as the person replied.
“You see this shirt?” The shirt had his name and the company logo imprinted on it. “I’ve got a job and you need to get one too if you expect to eat.”
I cried out, “Why in God’s name did you do that? If you can’t help a person please don’t hurt them!” Then, I proceeded to tell him some of those same things that I learned as a child from my mother. Well, I can tell you that within two days the person was fired from his job. It was the pride he displayed that brought the destruction of his livelihood.
Did you ever wonder why people who try to know more than their boss get fired from the job? Pride! Why some students can’t make it in a college class? They know more than the professor teaching the class. Pride!
In closing, I ask the questions: What is destroying us today? Is it Pride?