If we trace the origin of pride, we’ll see why it is so destructive.
An entire city saw themselves as flawless―“You say, O Tyre, ‘I am perfect in beauty’” (Ezekiel 27:3).
This proud attitude came from their king who saw himself as a god―“In the pride of your heart you say, ‘I am a god; I sit on the throne of a god in the heart of the seas’” (Ezekiel 27:2).
And the king’s attitude sounds just like that of lucifer’s, who saw himself as greater than God―“I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:13-14).
It’s too simplistic to simply say, “I need to remain humble.” You and I need a constant reminder of why we must not let pride creep in:
- I am a created being, not the Creator of beings (Ezekiel 28:13, 15).
- God has ordained a plan for me; I am not a self-made man (Ezekiel 28:14).
- God gives gifts―beauty, wisdom, ability―to whom He sees fit; I don’t have any of those things because I choose them (Ezekiel 28:12-14).
- Pride removes me from God’s presence (Ezekiel 28:6-10, 15-19).
I am valued because God loves me. God doesn’t love me because I have value. The more I recall that, the easier it is for me to remain humble.