In Genesis we see the pride of Satan. Proverbs teaches us that pride comes before a fall, and that is what happened in the Garden of Eden ,Satan full of pride, having been cast down from heaven, had used his cunning to lie to Eve, and Eve seeing the tree as desirable, she ate of it. And as proverbs speaks about the results of pride, Eve has shame. Adam shares her shame when disobeys God and eats from the same tree.
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom.
Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, And before honor is humility.
Proverbs over and over again warns about those refusing to be humble. Those that insist on stiffening their neck in pride toward God. Proverbs goes on to tell us humility brings blessing, in the way we put others before our selves. The way we respond and act on the wisdom, God has given freely, all that we ask. Blessing in the love of God over the love of self. We are told that God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.
In scripture we are instructed that we should not look at the pride in others, but we should fear pride in ourselves. We should “fear” pride in ourselves. As we look back to Proverbs 1 we see where our fear should be, and that our fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. So, to “fear” the pride in ourselves is a warning, to highlight the fact that because we have not feared the Lord, we have become prideful. Showing ourselves without wisdom.
Pride very much is idolatry. Pride sets us up a god to ourselves. We look to ourselves, and in ignorance ignore and stiffen our necks to the God who made us. How ignorant is that? We are told to “fear” the pride in ourselves because that is the pride that turns men to pleasing men and not God. Pride displays our rebellion to God.The allure of praise, money, and the temporal can overcome us, and we become ignorant, the opposite of wise.
Pride pretends, as an actor of sorts. Standing tall, bragging, and conceited in its own talents and exploits. Mocking the God who created us. Humility on the contrary, seeks the good of others, putting them before themselves. Their eyes are on the Lord, maker of Heaven and Earth, knowing where their help comes from. Their treasure is in the Lord. The prideful, looks to themselves, feeding themselves lies that they are something they are not.
17The highway of the upright turns aside from evil;
whoever guards his way preserves his life.
18Pride goes before destruction,
and a haughty spirit before a fall.
19It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor
than to divide the spoil with the proud.
20Whoever gives thought to the wordb will discover good,
and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.
21The wise of heart is called discerning,
and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.
22Good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it,
but the instruction of fools is folly.
23The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious
and adds persuasiveness to his lips.
24Gracious words are like a honeycomb,
sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
25There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death.c
In reality the prideful are poor, sad and pitiful. But instead of acknowledging it so, they put on a show with lies and haughtiness. Pretending to acknowledge God but their heart is far from Him. Humility acknowledges their pitiful, and poor condition. Desiring to please and learn at the feet of their merciful Savior. Nothing is of them, except their sin. They are grateful and humbled by the sheer mercy they have been shown. The understand all redemption and glory go to God.
Are we prideful? Do we desire our way, ignoring the wisdom God imparts to us for blessing? Do we love what God loves or do we reason that the world knows better than God? Do we try to accommodate scripture to fit our own narrative and not clear teaching in scripture? If this is so, then it is pride. This is setting us up to be nicer, wiser, and better than God. Extremely dangerous territory. If you are here, I implore you to repent, to turn away from the worthless things, and fix your eyes on the Lord.
He is a Merciful, Kind and Just. His judgements are true and righteous. To look upon Him is to know Him, and to know Him is to Trust Him. And to look upon and know Him is to be humbled and in awe of His Wonderful Love He has shown in His Son, as a Perfect Lamb. To save His people from their sin. And we don’t deserve this Mercy, but He gave it anyway. What love is this? Our Savior displays His great humility, even unto death on a Cross. There is no greater Love.
A.W Tozer: The Essence of Pride
Among the sins to which the human heart is prone, hardly any other is more hateful to God than idolatry, for idolatry is at bottom a libel on His character. The idolatrous heart assumes God is other than He is—in itself a monstrous sin—and substitutes for the true God one made after its own likeness. Always this god will conform to the image of the one who created it and will be base or pure, cruel or kind, according to the moral state of the mind from which it emerges.
A god begotten in the shadows of a fallen heart will quite naturally be no true likeness of the true God. “Thou thoughtest,” said the Lord to the wicked man in the psalm, “that I was altogether such an one as thyself.” Surely this must be a serious affront to the Most High God before whom cherubim and seraphim continually do cry, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth.”
Let us beware lest we in our pride accept the erroneous notion that idolatry consists only in kneeling before visible objects of adoration, and that civilized peoples are therefore free from it. The essence of idolatry is the entertainment of thoughts about God that are unworthy of Him. It beings in the mind and may be present where no overt act of worship has taken place. “When they knew God,” wrote Paul, “they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”
Then followed the worship of idols fashioned after the likeness of men and birds and beasts and creeping things. But this series of degrading acts began in the mind. Wrong ideas about God are only the fountain from which the polluted waters of idolatry flow; they are themselves idolatrous. The idolater simply imagines things about God and acts as if they were true.