It has been said that in God’s eyes, the way up is down. In other words, before we can be exalted in God’s kingdom, we must first humble ourselves. When we try to manipulate people and situations to exalt ourselves instead of going about it in God’s way and in God’s timing, it will eventually come back to bite us.
And that’s the truth.
It’s like picking up a snake by the tail and proudly holding it up like a trophy. It matters not that we don’t know that the snake can still bite us. Our ignorance of truth does not negate the existence of that truth. So, if you hold the snake by the tail for long enough, at some point he will curl back around and bite you.
This reminds me of a time recently when I was moving my feet up and down to keep the mosquitoes off me, and a wasp bit me and stung me simultaneously on the leg! I didn’t even know that such a thing was possible! I found out the hard way. The fact that I had never heard of wasps biting and stinging at the same time did not keep it from happening.
So, be assured that when God says,
“Pride goes before destruction,
a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18 NIV),
It’s the TRUTH!
He knows what He’s talking about.
The end result of pride will be pain.
Nebuchadnezzar discovered this truth the hard way; perhaps we all do to some extent. But after he had gone through his experience of being humbled BY God because he refused to humble himself, he gave the following advice (which was so important that God included it in the Bible so we could benefit from the wisdom he learned):
“Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, exalt and honor the King of heaven,
for all His works are true and His ways just, and He is able to humble
those who walk in pride.” Daniel 4:37 NASB
So, what is the bottom line for us?
- God’s ways are right.
- He is God, and we are not.
- What He says goes.
- If we choose to rebel against these truths, we will pay the consequences.
For IT IS WRITTEN:
“God is opposed to the proud,
but gives grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5b NASB)
“Humble yourselves therefore
under the mighty hand of God
that He may exalt you in due time.” 1 Peter 5:6
So, let’s please God and do ourselves and those around us a favor.
Let’s obey God. Let’s humble ourselves before Him.