“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18)
Have you noticed that you make your greatest mistakes immediately after enjoying your greatest victories? Why is that? Likely the answer is pride. The Bible warns us about the penalty for pride. “Pride goes before destruction.” (Proverbs 16:18) A graphic illustration of this is seen in King David’s life. After a tremendous series of victories, David was so proud of himself, he decided to determine his troop strength. You can read the story in 2 Samuel Chapter 24.
There’s an old fable about two ducks and a frog that played together in a small pond. Each summer the pond shrank to a small puddle and they were forced to go elsewhere. The ducks could fly to more water, but not the frog, so he hit upon a great idea. The frog said to the ducks, “If you held a stick between your mouths, I could cling to it and fly away with you.” They agreed and took off with the frog holding on for dear life. When they passed over a farmer, he said, “What a clever stunt. I wonder who thought of that?” Immediately the prideful frog said, “I did,”lost his grip, and crashed to the ground.
There’s truth in that old fable, as there is in the story of David. Beware of pride in your life. It may lead to the same kind of painful end that the frog met, or to the devastation it brought to David’s life, and to his people. Pride may be the sharpest of Satan’s weapons. Recognize it. Admit it. Confess it. And get rid of it.