Pride Goeth Before Destruction

October 30th, 2012

Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

What does this verse this mean? It means, "You had better stop! If you are full of pride and have a haughty spirit, you are headed for ruin! You are on your way to a fall! You are on your way to destruction! You are doomed if you go down that road with that spirit!" My friend there isn't one single statement in the Bible more terrible than this: "God resisteth the proud."

Did you know that (Proverbs 16:18) is the middle verse of the entire book of Proverbs, and, in view of the inspiration and preservation of the Bible, it may well have been divinely designed as such. Could it be that God put this verse where He did because the sin of pride is so deadly, it is appropriate that a solemn warning concerning it should be placed right at the heart of the Bible’s book of wisdom.

The sin of pride was the primeval sin of Satan: "Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. " (Ezekiel 28:17). It was the sin by which Satan led Adam and Eve to fall. He appealed to their pride with the words, "…Ye shall be as gods…" (Genesis 3:5). It is always the "Besetting" sin of Christian leaders, especially those who have assumed such leadership prematurely. "Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil." (I Timothy 3:6). Even Jesus was 30 years old before He began to teach. How carefully we need to guard against this secret sin of pride. If we do not, it will inevitably lead to humiliation and defeat.

The root of all the other sins people commit is Pride.

  • It Doesn’t Let People See Their Own Mistakes.
  • It Makes Them Resistant To Change.
  • It Makes Them Stubborn And Selfish.
  • It Gives Them An Inflated View Of Themselves And Their Ideas.
  • It Destroys Relationships, Splits Churches And Ruins Friendships.
  • It Makes People Think They’re Better Than Others.
  • It Leads Them To Think They Know Everything, “They Stop Being Teachable”.
  • It Drives Them To Being Critical And Having A Judgmental Spirit.
  • It Causes People To Reject Counsel And Develop An Attitude Of Independence From Authority. (God, Parents, Teachers, Coaches,  Spiritual Leaders)
  • It Creates Arrogance Toward Leaders – Mocking, Ignoring, Defaming.
  • It Leads To A Fearlessness Toward Sin And An Absence Of Fear Toward God.
  • It Results In Their Ultimate Fall.
  • It Leads Them To The Its Source: Lucifer. 
I dropped this beautiful buck last hunting season during the “Rut”. The “Rut” is the time when white-tailed deer, especially bucks, are more active and less cautious than usual. This makes them easier to hunt because they are thinking only of pleasing their own passion and desire.  How many times have you seen a fellow believer get full of pride and leave a church, go against wise counsel or reject the clear teaching of scripture only to end up a casualty.  Pride may be leading you to your destruction and fall right now. 

“Preacher” you might ask, “How can I humble myself and deal with my sinful pride?” A wise preacher once said, “Humility is not thinking little of yourself, it is not thinking of yourself.” May God help each of us, me especially, to walk in humility not pride.