“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”
Proverbs 11:2 (NIV)
C.S. Lewis called pride “the great sin” and stated that it led to every other type of sin. Pride isn’t something written on our foreheads if we are acting out of pride, but it manifests in our actions and leads to “disgrace,” as talked about all through Proverbs. There are so many stories about pride leading to destruction throughout the Bible, but one story I want to point out is about this guy named Uzziah who became king of Judah when he was your all’s age. You can find his whole story in 2 Chronicles 26, but I will summarize. He started off under the mentorship of Zechariah, and he set his heart to seek God. The book states that as long as he sought the Lord, he prospered. As a result, he acquired wealth and fame and became pretty powerful. He, therefore, stopped seeking the Lord and relied upon himself, maybe without even realizing it. In verse 16 it says, “But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall.”
I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t want my life to look like Uzziah’s which led to destruction, but rather on the other side of the sentence in Proverbs where humility leads to wisdom. When I think of humility, my mind almost immediately goes to the passage in Mark where Jesus tells us to deny ourselves (Mark 8:34). But when you focus on denying yourself and denying yourself over and over, you keep thinking of yourself. But to deny yourself, you must be consumed by something or someone else, and in Mark, it states that someone should be Jesus “follow Me.” Jesus was the ultimate example of humility. He was so consumed with us that he denied himself and the comfort of heaven to come and save us. Be consumed with Jesus today, depend on Him, and humility will start to manifest itself through your actions.