Proverbs 16: King James Bible
Proud in Heart – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter sixteen, Verse 5
5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Proud in Heart
There’s that ‘abomination’ word again, which should mean that it’s time to pay attention. The Word doesn’t throw this word around, unless the Father wants to underscore his disdain toward something.
In this case it is the proud in heart, that has met that particular term of offense. As is always the case, it has achieved this status for a host of good reasons.
The proud in heart doesn’t recognize the Lord, but strives to do whatever it takes, to get along with the world. We can find these particular people all over the place, including in the church.
Pride in and of itself, is no respecter of places or organizations. In fact, when we’re talking prideful spirits that like to set up shop in man, they’d rather do their work in a place where they’d be least expected. The church is a perfect hiding place, and is a source to easily create havoc.
Pride is a world of iniquity, that causes men to sin in rapid succession. Pride causes men to deceive one another, and pride will also deceive the person harboring this iniquity.
A prideful heart, takes pleasure in gain at the expense of others, regardless of what the subject is. Money, job, status, what have you. Pride puffs someone up, till they no longer understand how visible their pride actually becomes.
Have you ever spent any time with someone so prideful, that you knew it within the first 2 minutes? Chances are, they’d think you’re the one with the problem, should you have anything to say to them about it. Pride drives one to find their own faults in others, instead of taking care of their own fault.
Satan (or Lucifer) is the originator of a prideful heart, before sin ever was. Everything that is described about his attitude of himself and the Lord, was said ‘in his heart.’
This is a major reason (I believe), that pride does so much damage, and puts such a sour flavor in the Lord’s mouth. Look what it did to Lucifer!!! His prideful heart is driving him to his own destruction in epic fashion.
You know that you have incredible issues, if you think that you can take on the Almighty and win. Especially after having been in his presence, it makes you wonder how much brain damage pride can give to a spiritual being.
Ah, but listen to some folks out there, that pridefully mock and challenge the Lord. They have no clue what they’re doing, what they are going to have to answer for, nor who they are going to have to answer to.
To find several examples, go to a college campus. You’ll find no shortage there, with students and faculty alike. And that’s just one place, and there are thousands, where pride breeds.
The prideful heart will not go unpunished. The Father means business here, and perhaps is a good opportunity, to do some self examination against the true measuring stick, which is the Word of God.
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.
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 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 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.
Thank you for your Word and all of the wonderful things you teach us through it. Concerning a prideful heart, should you search through any of us, and happen upon pride, root it out of our beings Lord. Cleanse us of all pride, so that we may serve you better, annoy you less, and become more of a pleasure in your eyes. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
When the Lord weighs you in the balance, will he fin you harbor pride in heart?