Proverbs 11: King James Bible
Pride Comes – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter eleven, Verse 2
2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses
Taking the text as literal, I’d first like to point out, that there are no if’s and’s or but’s about pride coming. I believe that pride comes as a temptation, even for the most humble of people.
One way a genuine and sincere humble person can harbor pride, is to take pride over how humble he or she is. Being humble is something others figure out about you, without you having to tell them how humble you are.
That right there, is a principal that covers many different topics. For example, Does anyone who has spent their whole lives bodybuilding, ever need to tell anyone how strong they are?
Do multi billionaires need to tell anyone how rich they are? How about someone that’s 6’10” tall? Would that person need to tell people all about how tall they are?
The answer to all of the questions above is an obvious no. So if we’re humble, holy, meek, generous, tenderhearted, etc., why would you feel the need to tell people all about how you are so? Furthermore, wouldn’t it be prideful to hold yourself up against anyone else, as a who’s holier comparison?
I see it all the time, one guy calling out another guy, because he does something in a manner that they don’t agree with, be it Biblical or not. It’s neither sanctioned by the Father, nor is it the work of the fruit of the Spirit. It’s pride, and 9 times out of 10, it’s easily discerned by whoever is either listening to it or watching it.
The only one that needs to know how meek or humble you are, is the Father himself. The Word tells us not to exalt ourselves, but to be humble and let the Lord do the lifting up.
But should we ignore all of the tell tale signs of pride taking root in our hearts, a fall is certain in our futures. Some people fall harder than others, but as I said above, this isn’t a maybe. Shame WILL come, according to the Word of the Lord.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 23: King James Bible
12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
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.
James 4: King James Bible
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Should we ever get too full of ourselves in your eyes, please move our hearts to avoid being so. Should you foreknow that pride is coming to knock at the door of our hearts, give us the strength and the discernment, to rebuke it, refuse it, and send it far from us. Help us all to be in the likeness of your only begotten Son, Christ the Lord, and the example that he left for us. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Are you prepared to recognize when pride comes?