June 10, 2022
Today’s reading: Proverbs 16:18
Deadly effects of pride
As we read 1 Samuel, we are seeing the evolution of Saul’s character. He was a man who started as a person with a humble opinion of himself (1 Samuel 9:21). He even hid when Samuel was looking for a king (1 Samuel 10:22).
However, we are now seeing the true character of Saul when he was given power, victory, and the prestige of the throne. Instead of being humble, all these successes puffed him up.
We see how pride changed Saul. First, pride deceived Saul. He thought that he was better than God by disobeying Him. Next, he thought that he had obeyed God but in reality, he did not. Third, Saul made an excuse instead of asking for forgiveness. Finally, pride led to Saul losing his kingship.
Indeed, Proverbs 16:18 rings true:
18 Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before a fall.
As we can see, pride can and will blind us spiritually. It also retards our spiritual growth. You might think that pride is a simple sin, but it’s not. Pride led Satan to rebel against God.
Undeniably, all of us come with a certain amount of pride in our hearts. It’s time that we address this problem. The sooner we get rid of pride, the sooner we can avoid its deadly effects.
To learn more, please read, “Pride is the Enemy (Video).”
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