Pride is one of the hardest sins to fight against. As we’ve shared in a previous bleat, pride manifests itself in a great variety of ways. The Savior is gracious and merciful toward us even as we stumble and strive to mortify our sin for His namesake. One of the ways He is our Help is by His powerful, equipping word. He has much to say about pride, and if we feast on His nourishing and delicious Scriptures, He will arm us against the enemy’s darts.
For example, consider this proverb:
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom. – Proverbs 11:2
Herein lies a warning which we should store in our hearts. Disgrace necessarily follows pride. Why? Because God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). In God’s justice, He will bring the proud low. This warning, stored in our hearts, should serve to give us pause when we are tempted toward pride.
Now, for a believer in Christ, such a bringing low isn’t done by wrath. For a believer, all the wrath due him was placed on Jesus Christ instead as the propitiation for our sins. Yet He will still humble us, sheep, because He loves us. He disciplines those whom He loves (Hebrews 12:6). So, if we would be prideful, we may very well face disgrace shortly. May this word curb our pridefulness.
On the other hand, the proverb says that with the humble is wisdom. In light of the disgrace that necessarily follows pride, it is wise, then, to be humble. QED, it is foolish to be proud. This isn’t the only place the Bible connects pride with foolishness. A theme in Proverbs is that humility is wise and pride is foolish. May we not be the fools.
Of all people of all times, the most humble has been Jesus Christ. He, God Himself, left His place of glory to be born into this broken world, to live a life of human weakness (yet without sin) and sorrow, and to lay down His life to save a people for Himself. If you have been saved by Him, your desire should be to follow Him for the rest of your life, including a passionate desire to be humble like Him.