Pit of Pride
Man, we are committed to finishing the race of life strong, leaving a great legacy, being accountable to God and while at it, inspiring as many men as providential Grace would permit. But pride won’t let us.
There is the male ego, and there is pride. Don’t twist them up – they are oceans apart. Today however, for the purposes of this series, I will delve into Pride as a trap that’s barring most men from finishing strong.
Pride is definitely one of the worst enemies of progressive God-given masculinity. If you are a proud man, you are countable to no one. A bold personal inventory will quickly reveal to you that you have acquaintances but no true committed friends. No one within your circles can dare ask you tough questions about your choices in life, your character or the friends you keep and what you do with them. Pride makes a man haughty and unteachable – he has learnt all there is to learn and he probably only lives to ‘teach’ and ‘help’ others. He is a know-it-all. Proud men do life with a wild sense of entitlement and the thoughtlessness of a perishing deliquent brat.
See, a proud man, in his utopia, simply walks himself into a pit and continues to dig it with his own hands till he sinks himself deep enough to self-destruct. Care about Proverbs 16:18?
“Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall”
This proverb is best illustrated in the life of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. This man built a great and enviable empire in the East. He had the money, the respect, the power, the influence… anything he ever wished for, it was all his. He disregarded the Almighty God and boasted publicly of his achievements (Daniel 4:30). And that was the beginning of his end! God shattered his kingdom. He was driven away from his people and he ate grass like cattle for years. His hair was like feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird. God humiliated this proud man for seven years!
Man, pride is like bad breath – you are the last one in the room to know that you have it. It helps, therefore, to stick around brothers honest enough to call it out. Like cancer, pride is best treated in its early stages. The more you dig yourself into the pit of pride, the more difficult it becomes for you to come out.
Pride has driven many men into the bush. It has brought down great kings, husbands, politicians, mighty leaders and their organizations, even angels!
Lucifer was a brilliant angel created most magnificently by God. He was distinguished for wisdom, sagacity, and efficiency. Of him it is recorded:
“You were perfect in all your ways from the day you were created till unrighteousness was found in you.” – Ezekiel 28:15
From such a magnificent beginning, through evil and error of pride, Lucifer embraced sin and now is numbered as chief of the fallen angels who have succumbed to the urge of self and surrendered to the sophistry of spurious personal liberty, which is, sadly characterised with rejection of allegiance to God and blindness to cosmic relationships.
See, Lucifer is now the fallen Satan. Fellow men, self-contemplation is most disastrous, even to the exalted personalities of the celestial world. Of Lucifer it is also recorded:
“Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom because of your brightness… How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How are you cast down, you who dared to confuse the worlds!”
Like Lucifer, most men today become proud of their social strata, possessions, positions, careers, talents, looks, education, family heritage, etc., which they deem superior to those of their contemporaries. Like the king of Babylon, they thump their chests and despise others in their speech and conduct. The are proud of the works of their hands and material earthly achievements. They easily forget what the Bible says,
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” – James 1:17
Man, beware of the Pit of Pride. Walk in humility and God will lift you up. When you are exalted, the trick is, again, to remain humble. Acknowledge that you are not all of that. Respect others and acknowledge their contribution and that of God in making you whom you are. There is ever nothing as “self made”. No man is an island, they say.
Humility makes a man appreciate his weaknesses and realise that he is only human. Humble men walk carefully and strive to stay away from foolish risk taking.
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