Proverbs 16: King James Bible
Before a Fall – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter sixteen, Verses 18-19
18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. 19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Before a Fall
When I read the first verse up above, I can’t help but think that the Lord says this with a heavy heart. What happened to Lucifer, and everything that has transpired from the moment pride sparked within him, all the way through to today, is summed up in that one sentence.
And it is tragic. The Father is a loving God, and he did not create any of those who have fallen, in order to fall. He had a whole different plan for each and every one of the angels that turned against him.
Not unlike ourselves. He didn’t create people who have turned against him, to do just that. Yes, he knows all, and foreknows what they will do. But, because of his love and mercy, he gives them a shot at life anyways.
It is his will that none should perish. But it’s not his will that causes us to perish, it’s our own.The chief among iniquities that have caused countless millions to fall, is pride. I don’t think that it’s necessary that I go into what pride is, because I believe that most people know, or can ballpark it.
But what we all should take heed of, is the slow and methodical approach that pride can take. If this spiritual enemy can sneak up on us, perhaps giving us tiny bits of reasoning to start thinking ourselves just a little better than anyone else over anything, can accumulate without your knowledge of it doing so.
Bear in mind, we are not welcome as Brothers and Sisters in Christ. We are sojourning through a world that is inherently hostile toward the Lord’s representatives. We are enemies of the prince and the powers of this world, and he doesn’t always need to conduct straight forward warfare in order to cause us to fall.
He can appear to do just the opposite. Start causing things to go your way for awhile, give you the sense that you’re doing things right. Then throws a little something that you’d barely think of being reason for a red flag. Maybe even plant just the tiniest of thoughts, that would tend to lift your nose just a little higher in the air pridefully.
This can continue for quite awhile, and if it continues without notice and/or repentance, pride can easily be inflated till the inevitable happens. You fall. This is (I believe) a law just as sure as any other law you can think of.
Pride comes before a fall, or in the case of the verse above, destruction. This is as sure as the sun is hot. Avoid all of this by checking your heart every now and then.
Do you find yourself thinking yourself better than anyone for any reason? Even just a little? Recognize pride while it’s merely in the incubation process, so there’s no need to take the fall, or risk destruction!
Repent, get it out between you and the Father, and seek his forgiveness and instruction over whatever the matter may be, that has caused for a seed of pride to be planted in your heart.
Related New Testament Scripture
Luke 1: King James Bible
51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
1 Timothy 6: King James Bible
3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
James 4: King James Bible
6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
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.
1 Peter 5: King James Bible
5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
Thank you for your Word, and also for your patience with us and any of our shortcomings. Should there be any seed or root of pride found within us, please open our eyes to it, and also open our eyes at the cause. Lead us into repentance, and may we become humble in your sight, before any kind of fall is necessary. Thank you for your kindness and your grace, that you’ve shed toward all of us. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever ruined the plans of the enemy, by repenting of having a prideful heart before a fall?