Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4
Humility is not exactly an honorable virtue in the world these days. It’s opposite, pride, rears its ugly head regularly. And before we point the finger at others for their pride, most of the time the finger pointing should be pointing back at ourselves.
I’ve said it before but pride can be subtle. Of course it can be brash and obnoxious but often it isn’t. Think of the way pride comes into our lives:
- social status
- what you drive
- where you live
- what church you go to
- that you even go to church
- who you work for
- political affiliation
- military strength
I think there’s a certain amount of “healthy” pride that goes with each of these but that line is very easy to cross. For instance, loving your country gives you a sense of belonging, and most people love their country. However, that line is crossed when you forget it was God who placed you where you are and for a specific purpose. You’ve definitely crossed it when you say that no other nation can touch the greatness and superiority of your country. See the difference?
And for this, we need to pray for wisdom.