Pride Never Pays
Sunday - October 11th
Scripture to Read Today: Proverbs 11:1-31
When pride comes,
then comes disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom.
The biblical story of Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon being turned into a beast is one of the clearest and saddest stories of a person filled with pride being humbled. The great Emperor conquered the then known world, including the nation of Judah and its capital Jerusalem. He built the city of Babylon to be one of the great wonders of the world. It was both a beautiful city and an impressive city. Unfortunately, Nebuchadnezzar knew how amazing the city he built was.
One day when looking over the city he built, Nebuchadnezzar pompously proclaimed that Babylon proved how great he was as an emperor. His heart and mouth were filled with pride. Nebuchadnezzar was humbled by God for boasting about his achievements, lost his sanity, and lived like an animal for seven years, according to Daniel, chapter 4. Then we read in verse 34 of that same chapter, "At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever."
The story of Nebuchadnezzar reflects a simple proverb found in Proverbs 11:2. "When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom." Disgrace came to the mighty emperor because of his pride. In the end, however, he emerged with humility. That humility gave him great wisdom in the life he had ahead. The transformation from an arrogant beast to a humble king radically reoriented Nebuchadnezzar's outlook on life.
What about you? Do others see you as arrogant or self-promoting? Your pride will lead to your disgrace.
Do you pursue humility in your heart and life? If you do, you will also discover wisdom. Humility and wisdom travel together.
As we achieve success in life, we must guard against allowing pride to creep into our hearts. While the results of pride's disgracing presence may not be as dramatic as what happened to King Nebuchadnezzar, they will bring harm to your life. Cultivating humility will help you avoid the divine correction that pride brings. It will also will grow your wisdom. Both wisdom and humility provide you the opportunity for a better life.
Pride will bring disgrace to your daily life. Humility opens your heart to wisdom. Be humble, and be wise!