“The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.” -Proverbs 16:5 (NIV)
Arrogance is one of the most destructive and humiliating attitudes to have. By playing upon the ego of a person, it inflates man’s perceptions about themselves and creates a fantasy of their abilities. Those who have succumbed to arrogance accept this lie and strut with haughty pride. Thinking that they are better than everyone else they lord their self-proclaimed superiority over others and look down upon those they deem inferior with contempt. But when the day comes when someone with humble confidence exposes the arrogant for who they really are, the same men who marched with pride are put to shame. They learn the hard way that there is no room for conceit and that the proud are sure to fall.
Do we have pride within our hearts? Sometimes we may think that we know better than God. Blind to our own folly we say to God that we do not need Him; that we are perfectly capable of living independent of Him and controlling our destinies. But such a pride has its cost. By forsaking the wisdom of God, our minds have become dulled and we are unable to see the folly of our choices. Thinking ourselves to be wise, the punishment we receive for our arrogance is that God allows us to go our way only to realize, after a painful reminder of the consequences of our actions, that we are fools. However, the beauty of this punishment is that there is hope if we choose to grasp it. God will never point and laugh when we have fallen. Rather, He wishes that all men come into relationship with Him so that they may find abundant life and lasting joy. When we allow Christ’s Spirit to enter our hearts and surrender our pride to His infallible wisdom, we will find that being within God’s perfect will is the best place to be.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.