Proverbs 29:23 One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.
Pride is one of those things in our lives that can go undetected, unchecked, and unsuspected for a long time. We may think we’re doing just fine by behaving the way we are, never even having so much as a hint that we’re being driven by our own pride. Then it happens.
It’s interesting how much easier it is to see pride in someone else’s life than it is in our own. When someone comes crashing down after they let their pride guide them in all their decisions, we have an “I saw it coming” attitude, but when it happens to us it’s always a surprise. The old illustration of boiling a frog seems appropriate here. If you put a frog in hot water, he’ll jump out, but if you put him in room temperature water and increase the heat little by little, you’ll boil him. Pride creeps into our lives in this way, not all at once, but a little bit at a time. One selfish decision leads to another and so on.
But it can’t go on forever. Everyone who is led by their pride will eventually fall and when they do it would have been better for them to bring themselves down in humility than to face the consequences of their pride. We have many chances along the way to check our pride and make sure we humbly put it aside. It’s better to do it voluntarily than to be brought low without warning. Following the example of Christ will help us in this endeavor.