One Year Wisdom Challenge

Pride Can Bring a Christian Low

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Wisdom Challenge #12

If you’d like to go a little deeper with the topic in this article, I’ve placed some devotions on my website at sharonstults.com. Find them as downloadable files under “Wisdom Challenge Resources” entitled, “Climbing Back Up When Pride Makes You Tumble.”

There is simply no end of ways that sinful pride can drag us down into low places. One way is when we become like a broken camera lens that can no longer be focused. Pride that will not face or consider a difficult truth. Pride that considers itself smart, with a proper lens and view. Pride that considers its view of the world and itself as steady when it is rigid and unresponsive to ideas beyond its own current experiences and beliefs. I have found myself in some low places because of that kind of pride.

One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor. Proverbs 29:23

Wise folk with more experience may beg Pride to try a close-up lens so she can see what’s right in front of her, but she ignores them. Others suggest Pride try a long-distance lens for all she is missing on the horizon. Pride rolls her eyes.

Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them Proverbs 26:12.

When we resist truth that God wants us to grab hold of, we leave God no choice but to allow us to experience it painfully, sometimes with humiliation and degradation. The sorrow of realizing you’ve been deceived grandly creates a dizzying inward pause. With shuddering breaths, you are forced to abandon YOUR truth for THE truth. This process is ever so much more painful when you look back and recognize you argued with or ignored the warnings, advice and ideas of others. Pride brings you low.

Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.13:10

The obsessive boyfriend who became the abusive husband.

The corrupt politician you supported with sacrificial donations.

The house way beyond your budget that is driving you into debt.

The chronic health problems from years of poor diet choices.

The gossipy friend you discovered also gossips about you.

We could all probably fill a page with stories of unfortunate people we have known or known of brought down by their own pride. Many of us would include our own names.

 My parents warned me that sugar should be a small treat. Years of ignoring that advice messed my pancreas up good.

The house in the list above was our first home. Messed our finances up but good. Sold it for a loss.

Only God holds and knows all truth. We. Do. Not. So why do I act like I do at times? Pride. Pride does not want to admit I am wrong about something or someone.

Pride does not want to admit I invested in someone or something that is corrupted or opposed to God’s truth.

Pride does not want to admit that I researched, pondered, discussed and studied and still did not arrive at truth.

When we’ve invested our emotions, mind, time and energies in a lie, the letting go process stinks. We are entwined with that person or thing body, soul and mind.

Humility is our only path out of that fix. I need to not feel like I’m gagging when I say certain phrases after I realize I’m so sadly wrong about someone or something. That’s my growing edge.

I was wrong. You were right.

I missed it. 

I never saw that.  

Thanks, I’m going to think and pray about that.  I could be wrong.

When I can say things like that, to other humans and myself, with no choking, in a kind, humble voice, God draws near. He starts to untangle and heal my damaged soul. How does it go for you when you find out you’ve grabbed onto the wrong end of the stick? If you struggle in this area, I encourage you to pursue this a little further, in the devotionals that go along with this article, under “Wisdom Challenge Resources” at sharonstults.com

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