This summer we are taking a topic-by-topic look at the amazing wisdom contained in the book of Proverbs. A few weeks ago we considered the topic of humility, and for the next two weeks we are going to consider the topic of pride. Let’s think about some of the verses in Proverbs that help us understand and respond to pride.
God is opposed to pride because it hinders us in our walk with Him.
There are six things which the Lord hates, seven which are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood. Proverbs 6:16-17
This list centers on deceit - haughty eyes (literally eyes that are lifted up or eyes that reveal a heart that is self-assured), a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood. God is opposed to the proud. He is an enemy of the prideful.
The fear of the LORD is to hate evil. Pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverted mouth, I hate. Proverbs 8:13
We see in this passage that the proud are associated with arrogance and evil, but the wise who know God and are known by God oppose evil. Proverbs 8:13 states that God hates evil, the proud, the arrogant, and the perverted mouth. This means that God is an enemy of those that are proud or arrogant.
One of the literary devices we see in the book of Proverbs is the use of comparisons. Here is an example:
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom. Proverbs 11:2
This verse shows contrast between pride and humility. This verse shows a cause and effect relationship: pride results in disgrace and humility results in wisdom.
In closing, let me show you another example of the Lord’s response to pride.
The LORD will tear down the house of the proud, But He will establish the boundary of the widow. Proverbs 15:25.
Look at the strength in these words. To tear down the house of the proud is the opposite of the protection that is afforded to the widow. Do you see the Lord’s heart in response to the heart and the condition of the proud? God hates pride. God stands as an enemy of the proud. Why? Because they reject God and elevate themselves into the place He alone deserves. The arrogant will not grow in relationship to God. They will not receive wisdom because they raise themselves up by their prideful hearts. All forms of pride are ultimately self-reliance or elevated self-worth. The proud reject both the wisdom of God and God Himself.
How does pride reveal itself in your thinking and in your life? Let’s be ruthless in responding to all pride.