I’ll first take a moment to thank Mother Teresa for her entire life’s work. She exemplified humility better than most. Pride is a key component of the problems we face today. I believe it goes hand in hand with greed in that you can associate greed with the actions you take to benefit yourself while negatively impacting others and pride is the mindset behind these actions. I should also stress that confidence in yourself to achieve great things is a good and necessary attribute so long as you give God the glory for it. Let’s look at some examples of how pride backfires on us and contrast it with the ways of Jesus.
There are countless examples to choose from on how pride has affect the entire world. Pride first and foremost isolates us. You only believe in your own ideas on how to live and reject all advice from others and especially God. This is a central attribute of criminals. “I’m smart enough to beat the system and fulfill all my desires.” Take for instance Saddam Hussein, a former leader of Iraq. Because of his pride, he rejected requests by UN officials to inspect his country for weapons of mass destruction. He wanted to tout a reputation of standing up to much larger political and military forces. As a result of his arrogance, he went from being a very wealthy leader of Iraq, to living in a prison and later executed. Next, think of Moses who led the Jews out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. Right before they entered the Promised Land, the Lord commanded Moses to speak to a rock for it to flow with water. Instead of speaking, he took it upon himself to strike the rock with his staff for it to pour water and as a result he was forbidden to enter the Promised Land. Now think of the elitist mindset that many evolutionists share. They only rely on their own understanding. I won’t delve into all the details because I am saving an enormous refutation for a later post. The point is that by relying on their data, they misunderstand the foundation of science itself. The data they find that is factual is postulated to show microevolution as evidence of macroevolution. Stay tuned for more details on that.
This last example is critical. We all too often make hasty and impulsive decisions. This is why the Lord requires us to be patient for the right opportunities and decisions in life. We can’t rely only on our own timing to make decisions in life. “I want a sports car now!” “I want to have a baby even though I’m not financially ready yet.” “I want to get married even though it’s only been eight months.” These examples show the need for patience.
Jesus shows us that we are to be humble and not prideful. The King of kings led by example doing things such as wash his disciples’ feet and His sacrifice on the cross. We are taught to trust Him for success in life. Trust Him with our finances, marriage, jobs, good times, and bad times. There are doors to be opened and kept closed all throughout life and they require the Lord’s appropriate timing. Seek humility and patience while avoiding pride and greed.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.