I was having a good day. Having previously spent some fun time with friends, I went for a short bike ride by myself. After mounting my bike and starting to ride away, my thoughts quickly focused on myself and my bicycling abilities. With these thoughts going through my mind, I started taking a sharp and fast turn. I was on the ground before I knew it. Due to the angle of my turn, my pedal caught on the ground and sent me and my bike to the ground. I had aching and painful reminders of my pride for the next week and a half.
“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” – Proverbs 16:18
Satan was cast out of heaven because of his pride. Yet despite seeing the consequences of his and many other’s example, we often forget. Pride spurs an host of other sins. Thankfully, God’s word provides aid on conquering this evil foe.
By looking at the specific examples of Satan and Nebuchadnezzar, we see that pride is the result of thinking of ourselves more highly than we ought. We have a tendency to claim the good things in our lives, and blame the bad things on others. The opposite is actually true. James 1:17 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” Clearly, the faults in our life are not because of God. An additional section of James explains this further. “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death (James 1:13-15)”. To those who have accepted Jesus’ gift, God has given the power to overcome sin (Romans 6-8 and I Corinthians 10:13).
After looking at these passages, we can determine the following; the good things in our life are from God; the wrong things in our life are from ourselves. While this may seem depressing, it actually gives us greater reason for rejoicing. Instead of rejoicing in ourselves, who are but sinful people, we can rejoice in Christ (see Philippians 4:4) and what He has done for us. I Thessalonians 5:18 says “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” This is a powerful solvent for pride. By genuinely expressing our thankfulness to God and others for what they have done in our lives, we can dispel pride through God’s grace.
Be alert for pride in your life and through the power of God conquer it.
“Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.” – Daniel 4:37