The most proud shall stumble and fall, and no one will raise him up (Jeremiah 50:32)
When asked what he thought was mankind’s greatest sin, the evangelist Billy Graham replied in a word, “Pride.” It was pride that caused Lucifer to fall and become known as Satan. It was pride that caused Saul, Israel’s first king to lose his kingdom to a humble shepherd boy named David. If you look back on the failures of your life, you will most likely find that they were brought about by pride. The book of Proverbs clearly reveals, “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Therefore, never allow haughtiness to control your decisions. Seek to serve rather than to be served. Seek to honor others and God will honor you. Instead of being hard hearted and thin skinned, become tender hearted and thick skinned. Be a giver of life, instead of a taker. Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and He will exalt you in due season. Seek His glory and He will glorify you. When you find yourself stumbling, check your level of pride.