Pride

Bob_Anton_Narrow_RoadPride goes before a fall…

Have you heard that saying before?  I imagine that you have.  You might be surprised to learn that the saying is a quote from the book of Proverbs in the Bible and the actual verse is: “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”  This very wise saying as been proven over and over again throughout human history, beginning in the Garden of Eden.  Adam and Eve were reported to have succumbed to the temptation of pride when they were tempted by the Devil to eat the fruit off the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  The Devil had promised them that if they ate the fruit, they would become like God, knowing good and evil.  Like the Devil before them, they yielded to the lure of a prideful heart and ate that which God had forbidden them to eat.  The result was the fall of mankind from a place of peace and fellowship with God, to a place of trial, tribulation and alienation from God.

The Devil himself was once one of God’s most marvelous creatures, an angel of unsurpassed beauty and power.  Even his proper name, Lucifer, which is a transliteration of a Hebrew word meaning “shining one” or “light bearer” speaks to his place of honor among God’s angels.  But when pride was found in his heart, when he declared: “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly”, then he fell from heaven sweeping 1/3 of the angelic host with him.

Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon was one of the greatest kings to rule the ancient world.  But one day as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, he said, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?”  Even as the words were on his lips, a voice came from heaven, “This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you.  You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like the ox. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes.”

Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. Nebuchadnezzar lost his mind and became like a beast of the field. But when the appointed time had past, his sanity was restored, his kingdom was returned to him and he gave rightful praise to the God of heaven who is sovereign over all creation.

What is the point of these stories?  That all you or I are, or think we are, we owe to God and the moment we forget that, we are thinking prideful.  Yes it is true that men and women work hard for what they have, but who enables one to work?  Who gives a person the skills or the intelligence necessary to succeed?  Who grants a man the strength, imagination or vision to rise above his circumstances?  All we are and all we have, ultimately comes from God.  When we forget that and deceive ourselves into thinking that we somehow stand on our own apart from the grace of God, then we stand on the precipice of pride and a fall, perhaps even unto destruction, is not far away. You think about that.  God bless you and …….

See you on the road.

Bob Anton: Christian Motorcyclists Association

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