Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor. Proverbs 18:12
It’s interesting that this verse follows the verse about the wealthy and their “unscaleable walls.”
Often a man’s proud heart is seemingly unscaleable as well. We – and I do mean all of us – are prideful people: proud of our kids, family, accomplishments, nation, military and economic might, and on and on. But when we get to the point that we forget God, or worse yet, ignore Him, then we’ve crossed a line.
- When we say we don’t need Him, we have deluded ourselves.
- When we say that God is a crutch for the weak, then we ignore the truth about ourselves.
- When we say there is no God in heaven and we are the Captains of our Own Destinies, we are in deep trouble.
We need God.
This world is much bigger than us, we know that. It’s even bigger than the sum of the intellect and creativity of its inhabitants, something we don’t easily admit. Instead we look for ways of getting around the fact that we are utterly helpless without God. We try and research and struggle and endeavor to solve that problem or this, but still there are a million other problems we can’t solve.
When we recognize that we can’t do it on our own, then we’re in a much safer (and saner) place.