Pride is a fearful thing. It is the great destroyer—of souls, of careers, of spiritual usefulness. Pride sets man against God and God against man. It is a form of folly into which, but for the grace of God, any of us may fall.

Pride is impiety at its worst, taking to self glory that belongs to God. Twice God, speaking through the Prophet Isaiah, says: “My glory I will not give to another” (Isa. 42:8; 48:11), and in both the Old and the New Testament we read of God’s hatred of human pride.

Pride reveals a ridiculous failure to evaluate one’s self and one’s accomplishments properly. Satan encourages man to be proud. Strutting across the pages of history, finite man sees himself as the author and finisher of his accomplishments and the master of his fate.

But standing in the shadows is God, the One from whom all things come, to whom all men are responsible, and in whom the power of ultimate destiny resides.

The Apostle John includes the “pride of life” as one of the deadly attributes of this world that will pass away. It was this worldly wisdom for which Eve reached, and it is this that has been the downfall of millions to this day.

How vulnerable we all are to conceit! Pride in personal appearance, accomplishments, ability, money, intellect, power—this develops easily in our hearts. We are even tempted to be proud of our humility.

But what does God say? “Thus says the LORD: ‘Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices kindness, justice, and righteousness in the earth; for in these ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

Our digital archives are a work in progress. Let us know if corrections need to be made.

Tags:
Issue: