When God revealed Himself to me this past April, I’m pretty sure His major work was to defeat my pride. Here was a man who was struggling in his marriage, struggling financially, struggling emotionally, but so proud you couldn’t tell anything was going on. Too proud to admit there were any problems, and too proud to ask for any help. I didn’t ask God, didn’t ask anyone anything because I was so proud I started believing myself that I could help myself out of any situation, if there even really was a situation.
Can you even imagine how dangerous that is? In my case, it totally destroyed my marriage of 17 years to the most wonderful woman I’ve ever met. And financially, because I stuck my head in the sand out of pride, the repercussions will last for a long time.
God has huge issues with pride and it’s talked about a lot in the Bible. The biggest issue, as you can imagine, is that when you’re proud, you feel you don’t need God at all. And what God wants from all His kids is that we remain dependent on Him for everything. Being proud makes you dependent on you. You toss God out of the equation.
Even people who are humble can succumb to pride. When they are put into a situation of responsibility many times they let pride sneak in and ruin their lives for the cause of Christ. God is looking for humble people He can use in His work. Pride just gets in the way and has to be broken.
And that’s what happened with me.
Throughout scripture we read about those who became proud and it was always their downfall. Hezekiah in Chronicles, Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel – they became successful and even though at first gave God all the credit, later they attributed their success to themselves – must have been because I’m so smart – and God came in a humbled them.
Proverbs 16:5 says the Lord despises pride and to be assured that the proud will be punished. Again, this is so He can use us and we can depend on Him. Haven’t you seen it where someone has such a gift for something in the church and it takes them great places – they gain notoriety. And with this they become a little proud. They are blessed with something, yet don’t have the character developed enough to stay in that place where God wants them. They aren’t humble to the point where they are giving God the credit for what they have.
We’re nothing without God. It’s simply a fact that He spends a lot of time on trying to get us to see. The examples He gives in the Bible are of men who have had their prayers answered, been given great things, and then later on say it was their smarts that got them to where they are. And that kinda ticks God off.
Thankfully, because of the prayers of a humble wife, God came to me and worked in my heart and broke my proud spirit. This has been one of the best things that has ever happened to me.
So be humble. It doesn’t mean to be a doormat, it means realizing where your power comes from and giving the credit to God.