Proverbs 21: King James Bible
Proud Wrath – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty one, Verse 24
24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Proud Wrath
Wrath can come in many different forms, and for many different reasons. No matter what we know that the Lord says, things still happen (and are also more likely to happen), that tend to kindle our wrath nonetheless.
How we deal with times of wrath is what’s important. Nothing can cause permanent damage like wrath can, despite the reasons for it.
However, that’s not to say that there are no good reasons to be wrathful. People’s wrath can be kindled by hurt feelings, being wronged, family members being wronged, etc..
But do we simply fly off the handle? Just as forgiveness is the hardest when it is the least deserved, so is extinguishing wrath when it’s kindled for real and legitimate reasons. The Lord is our example in this. If he were prone to respond wrathfully to what we deserve, where would we all be right now? It wouldn’t be a pretty picture.
But the type of wrath that the Lord is referring to above, comes by way of pride. We have discussed two different verses about this, and coincidentally, we can see a pattern forming as it relates to the Father’s opinion of being either proud or haughty.
Proverbs 16: King James Bible
18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
Proverbs 18: King James Bible
12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.
When we read these two different verses, and compare them to verse 24 above, we can see that there is no good thing coming to the person who’s named “proud and haughty scorner.” According to the two verses above, destruction and a fall is coming, for someone who deals in proud wrath.
Proud wrath isn’t like wrath that comes by legitimate means. It comes when our ego is bruised, and someone needs to pay for it. Whenever pride is challenged, wrath is sure to follow somehow.
Pride is a blinding agent. It will blind us to the very fact that we’re being prideful. Many people that are this way, think that they’re in the right, and how dare anyone question their intentions!
One amazing thing about pride, is that when you call it out, it tends to manifest. You can see the same thing whenever dealing with someone who has a religious spirit. Call it out, and it comes to the forefront.
Of all the wrath that may wind up being kindled within us, prideful wrath is the worst type for a couple of reasons. When acted upon, it is for no sound reason, because pride puffs up, and causes one to lash out when anyone else wouldn’t have. But also, just by the very nature, it is against the Lord, and all of the things of God.
Pride is dealt with harshly, and the measure you give, will be the measure you’re met with in response. As we can see in the verses above, once someone is marked with that name (proud and haughty scorner), destruction and a great fall is sure to come.
Not by way of another’s wrath, but of that which comes directly from the Lord. Not a scenario anyone at all wants to be found in.
Related New Testament Scripture
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
5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
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 for your teachings found inside it. Forgive us Lord, for any time that we may have acted out any wrath that was kindled within us for whatever the reason. Guard our hearts Father, so that there would be no place for pride to take root, and cause for us to stumble, and eventually fall. But rather, teach us to handle any anger or wrath in a manner that pleases you. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Have you ever lashed out in proud wrath?
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 16 P. 218 – Before a Fall
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 16 P. 210 – Proud in Heart
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 22 P. 328 – He is Humble
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 18 P. 246 – The Strong Tower
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 27 P. 413 – Dangers of Envy