Proverbs 16 – Pride Goes Before a Fall

Proverbs 16Do you know anyone who struggles with pride? I’m sure you can think of many people—friends and celebrities!

Do you struggle with pride? You’re gut reaction is probably, “Maybe, but not as much as they do!”

Our natural impulse is to think of ourselves as better than others. That’s probably because we know exactly who we are. We’re pretty honest, sometimes brutally honest, about who we are. We know our flaws, and we know why we act the way we do. We know the back story. Other people? We see only the outward appearance, and if it’s different than how we like it, we have almost no sympathy. I’m so thankful that, although “man looks on the outward appearance,” we can be confident that “the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Proverbs 16:18

The Bible is full of instructions just like this one. Here are just a few parallel verses:

Be sure your sin will find you out.
Numbers 32:23

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.
Proverbs 11:2

It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud.
Proverbs 16:19

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.
Proverbs 16:25

Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.
1 Corinthians 10:12

We are naturally prideful beings. Watch out! You might think you’re above the obvious prideful actions of others, but eventually you will find yourself flat on your face, realizing that the strong person you thought you were was actually not so strong.

Our only refuge, our only hope, is in taking Jesus up on His offer to come and live inside of us! His greatest desire is to walk with you, and being a humble King Himself, He can teach you the virtue of humility. It might not be an easy lesson. Let’s face it. Falling is usually embarrassing, even if no one else saw you fall. But it’s all worth it! The end result of learning humility with Jesus has no comparison.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Matthew 5:5

My prayer is to boast in just one thing—Christ alone!


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