Our pride will be our downfall, yet a person of lowly spirit gains honour. God opposes the proud, yet he gives grace to the humble. We have heard this before, yet we need to figure out the humble spirit. Where do we find it? In Jesus. Be like him…
Pride brings a person low,
but the lowly in spirit gain honor.
In this chapter of Proverbs we can see the results of several behaviors and attitudes. We see what happens when we are wicked and when we are righteous. We see that happens when we speak in haste and when we submit to our anger. We explore the consequences of fearing people instead of God. If you are a mocker take heed to this chapter. And if you are prideful, verse 23 is for you. And me.
Our pride will be our downfall. It will bring us low. Which is quite an irony. The prideful spirit is fueled by the perception or even the reality of our highs, yet it is the thing that will bring us low. We may be successful and our pride will be used by Satan to bring us down as we surrender to it. Even if we are not successful our pride can be fueled by thoughts and convictions that we are right or special or entitled or better than others.
Pride is one of the essential sins of humanity. It’s not essential in terms of being a key to your success. It is a core part of the essence of our sin nature. Pride brought down Lucifer and it will bring down you and me if we let it.
What’s the antidote? A person of lowly spirit gains honour. God opposes the proud, yet he gives grace to the humble (Proverbs 3:34, James 4:6). And so we need to figure out the humble spirit. Where do we find it? In Jesus.
Philippians 2:5-11 paints the picture of Jesus as the model of humility and servanthood. And Paul tells us to adopt his attitude. Be like Jesus. Even if you have a high place, be like Jesus. Humble yourself. Good will then lift you up in his will and his timing and in a way which brings him glory.
Glorify yourself and you will find yourself brought low sooner or later…
Oh God, help us be like Jesus.