I know that everyone has their share of struggles in life, but my struggles have carefully led me to realize what the Bible is really about. It isn’t a secret; it just took me some time to figure it out for myself. For a while now, I have been realizing that Pride is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, source of ALL sin. Because of this, I know that the Bible is not simply a “Book of Love,” although my focus is on the Love that is displayed in the Bible because it is so much greater than anyone could ever comprehend. To me the Word of God is the pure and unchanged documentation of the two things that changed everything: Destructive Pride and Blessed Humility.
Before destruction the heart of man is haughty; and before honor is humility. | Proverbs 18:12
For any sin that I can conjure up in my mind at this very moment, the root problem always begins with pride. The very moment that I start to think that it is about me; the moment that I start to think that somehow the things that I do or the things that I say would even be remotely enough to conquer anything at all — that is the moment that I become exposed to destruction. From the very beginning, even before creation, it seems like every major [sinful] event described in the Bible revolved around pride and selfishness – Lucifer’s love of himself, Eve’s attempt to know as much as God, Cain’s jealousy of his brother Abel, The Great Flood that nearly wiped out the entirety of an unbelieving mankind, and the list perpetuates.
Pride is just always there. It seems like it’s constantly lurking, waiting for the most opportune time to pounce [doesn’t that sound just like sin itself??? See what I mean?! – Genesis 4:7, 1 Peter 5:8]. When I allow pride to so much as begin the infancy of its course, it has the ability to overtake my thoughts eventually turning them into some sort of manifested sin. The reason that I am placing so much emphasis on Pride is because of my own struggles with it. So many times in my own life my thoughts have turned towards me thinking that maybe I in fact deserve the best or anything at all. My experiences have shown me first hand that in ANY instance that my thoughts are Pridefully focused, I am quite simply opened up for disastrous failure.
Now check this out:
When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom. | Proverbs 11:2
Have you ever felt shame?
I have felt shame numerous times. I consider myself the most self-conscious person in the world, which in my immaturity led me to quickly feel ashamed. This verse is so amazing to me because it reveals something that I feel as though I have known for a long time:
Shame is the result of Pride.
That can’t be right? I’m not sure that I’m ready to believe it. But the Bible is God’s very own Word. With His Word he shakes mountains! With His Word He forms worlds! With His Word He brings light! With His Word He gives life! If that is the proven power of God’s Word, how can I take a single thing that I read in His Word as anything less than the most powerful truth that has ever existed? Since His Word is unwavering truth, let me take a look at that verse again:
SHAME is the result of PRIDE.
I have already confessed to you guys that I have felt ashamed more times than I can count in my life, which clearly means one thing: I have been Prideful more times than I can count in my life. I don’t want it to be true, but God’s Word tells me that it is.
BUT let’s read on! It is not over. The verse is NOT finished.
Wisdom is the result of Humility
THAT is awesome! Struggle and failure are inevitable in any human being’s life. We cannot be perfect when our very nature is flawed. However, our perspective can change. Every time I give pride access to my thoughts, my struggles seem to, more often than not, end in shameful failure, but when I fully submit myself to humility, my struggles always end in renewing wisdom. WHO WOULDN’T WANT WISDOM INSTEAD OF FAILURE?! Amen to God’s Word and Amen to heavenly Wisdom! That even in my deepest struggle, I gain much ground!
And who is greater than the very epitome of that thought? Who stepped down to this wretched earth in perfect humility? Jesus Christ! Humility and Pride clash at the advent of His suffering. The great forces of Humility and Pride meet for the very last time at the Cross, and mankind was there to witness it. It was a place that was meant to represent the most shameful and excruciating struggle for life known to man, a place where sinners pridefully mocked the one that created them, a place where I can hear my very own voice “call out among the scoffers!” It was that place that our Lord chose to be His stage. It was at that place that our Lord struck down Pride and its ultimate consequence. It was at that place that great Humility was realized as everlasting Love. I cannot, and I will not take pride in anything except for the everlasting Love that my Lord has shown for me at that place.
But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
Hello my name WAS Pride, but I have been cut down by the everlasting Humility that has washed over me; the Humility that completely denied Himself and offered His own perfect life as a sacrifice for me; the Humility that has saved me from the penalty of my very own nature; the Humility that is powerful, everlasting, all-consuming, unchanging Love.
I love Jesus Christ: My Humble Master, My Humble Savior, My Humble Friend.