Proverbs 21: King James Bible
A Proud Heart – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty one, Verse 4
4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – A Proud Heart
Clearly, here are three things that we can say with certainty, the Lord hates. Earlier in Proverbs chapter 16, we spoke a bit about pride in the devotional called “Proud in Heart.” There, we discussed the Lord’s severe outlook on pride, and his usage of the word “abomination” as it relates to his feelings on the issue.
A high look is the outward appearance of being prideful, as one with a high look tends to look down his nose at people. One who believes that they’re better than others, are far more holy than others, and looks down on people as underlings.
These are the people that the Lord himself contends with eventually, as the Word clearly states that pride comes before the fall. When someone begins looking down on people, watch out, because they’re about to be humbled and it might not be pretty.
Particularly if this is happening in the Church! Saved people can harbor traits that the Lord hates too. He’s willing to help us remove this iniquity, but the problem is, that those who are prideful or are guilty of viewing their peers with a high look, are often too prideful to recognize their own iniquity. I have both known and have been the type.
It could be, that many of us are at times in one way or the other. Ever get your feathers ruffled by being corrected on something by someone who you don’t think has the experience or seniority to feel free to give a suggestion? Then after your heart is rolling around with some bitterness toward the person’s moxy, you later find out that he was right?
Any position of authority can cause this kind of heart condition, if not carefully dealt with by prayer and the constant reminder that the Lord God Almighty is no respecter of persons, and we are on an even keel with everyone else in the eyes of the Lord. We can find a good balance between knowing our authority via a position at work, versus looking down on others as underlings.
The same could be said for the Body of Christ. There is a person who seems holy, so holy in fact, they make sure everyone knows just how holy they are. And when anyone spends any amount of time with that person, I’m sure all kinds of names would be thrown around about who isn’t as holy as this person is. How much more he/she loves the Lord than so and so, etc.. That isn’t holiness at all, but pride and probably a religious spirit.
Wickedness begets a plowed field of wicked crops that yield wicked fruit. Know of a musical group that produces an album of music that adheres to all manner of sin? That is a simple example of a field plowed by wickedness. That band or artist worked and toiled day and night to get that field plowed. Now, it can yield fruit by causing you to sing along with things that glorify everything but the Almighty. Job well done.
Throughout the entirety of the book of Proverbs, we are given verses of instruction, and verses of warning. This verse is a combination of the two. It is informing us that these things are sin, and just by the fact that it needed to be said, it should also be taken as a warning, and a cause for us to measure ourselves, or closely pay attention.
We need to be open to the idea that we could harbor any one of the above heart conditions. It’s better that we recognize it and bring it to the Father in prayer, than for the Lord to have to put us in our places, or knocking us off of a very tall high horse, all from having a proud heart.
Related New Testament Scripture
Mark 7: King James Bible
21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
1 John 2: King James Bible
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
Luke 18: King James Bible
10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Thank you for your Word, and for all of the reminders that you give, for us to stay humble, so that we need not be humbled. Forgive us during times of pride, or if we have ever been found guilty of looking down on anyone, or found giving a high look. You are our only redeeming value, without you, we are nothing. Help us in all things Lord, as we traverse through this world as your children and ambassadors. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever caught yourself harboring a proud heart?
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