Pride vs. Humility
(Read Proverbs Chapter 11)
“When pride comes, shame follows. But wisdom comes to those who are not proud.”-Proverbs 11:2 another translation says, “Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” - Proverbs 11:2
Proverbs 11 is a collection of thirty-one sayings, and many have to do with either proper and improper behavior or the righteous and wicked. I chose to pull out and focus on pride and humility. The Lord is firmly against pride. Pride is: inordinate self-esteem; possessing an excessively high opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, or superiority. It is not God’s will that we have an inflated opinion of ourselves.
There is a thin line between confidence and arrogance and even the best of us cross that line from time to time. Being humble doesn’t mean that we lack confidence. Humility is controlled confidence; it is confidence pointed in the right direction. When you walk with God you should be completely confident in what He can do and in what He has blessed you to do. Your relationship with the God enables you to be bold and humble at the same time so that you can avoid pride.
Pride focuses its confidence in self, while humility focuses its confidence in God and the abilities that He has blessed us to possess. Pride is one of the weapons the enemy uses. -1 John 2:16 Be wary of his tactics. The bible says “Pride goes before destruction..”-Proverbs 16:18 Pride lures us into living independently of God.
When you get puffed up, or have an excessively high opinion of yourself; you are putting yourself on the throne of your life, instead of God. Guess what that means…? It will only be a matter of time before you fall. If you remember the story it’s what happened to the enemy. He operated in pride and it got him kicked out of heaven. -Isaiah 14
The enemy had an excessively high opinion of himself and it got him in trouble. Anything you have accomplished in this world would not have been possible were it not for God enabling and sustaining you. “What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?”- 1 Corinthians 4:7
Our text tells us that wisdom comes to those who are not proud. It’s wise, especially as a believer to walk in humility. Jesus said, “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” - Matthew 23:12
Would you like to exalt yourself, so that God would have to humble you.? Or would you rather humble yourself and allow God to exalt you.?
You have a choice. Humble yourself or be humbled. I’m sure humbling yourself is the much better choice.
1Peter 5:6 says, “Humble yourself, then, under God’s mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time.”
“Pride is your greatest enemy, humility is your greatest friend.” - John R.W. Stott
Father God, thank You for Your Word. Thank you for teaching me to avoid pride. I don’t want destruction in my life. I declare, by faith, that I walk in humility all the days of my life. I choose to humble myself under Your mighty hand and I know that You will lift me up in Your timing. Use me God, I seek to be a humble, committed, and submitted servant for You. In Your Name I pray, Amen.