THE DANGER OF PRIDE

FEBRUARY 20|SATURDAY
BIBLE READING|PROVERBS 11:2; 16:18-19

2 When pride comes, then comes shame;
 But with the humble is wisdom.
 18 Pride goes before destruction,
 And a haughty spirit before [a]a fall.
 19 Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly,
 Than to divide the [b]spoil with the proud.

There is a common Nigerian saying that the dog that is destined to get lost never heeds the whistle of its owner.
God had sent Moses and Aaron as emissaries to Pharaoh to deliver a message from the Lord. Just as God had earlier predicted, Pharaoh’s reaction was a very stubborn one.
“Who is the Lord that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go.” – Exodus 5:2.

There are many people today who are still dressed in the garb of Pharaoh – they see no reason why they should obey the voice of reason.
They flout God’s order with seeming impunity. Pharaoh, rather than respond to the voice of the Lord in awe, increased the burden of the Hebrews and caused them to work under very harsh and harder conditions.
He made the lives of God’s people very miserable and bitter by requiring them to make bricks without supplying them straws. Such ruthless and wicked leaders still exist today.

It is pride that makes a person to think more highly than he really is. God resists the proud – James 4:6. King Nebuchadnezzar learnt a lesson in humility the very hard way – Daniel 14.
Whenever you are tempted to be proud, remember that when pride comes, shame accompanies it.

PRAYER: Dear loving Father, please help me to humble myself daily before you.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR | LEVITICUS 26-27 & MARK 2

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