Did you know that the sin God dislikes most is pride? It all started with, “Lucifer, son of the morning,” the anointed cherub. This pre-creation history is recorded for us in Isaiah 14:12-17 and Ezekiel 28:12-19. Lucifer (Satan) got himself thrown out of heaven because of his pride. As prince of the power of the air and chief ruler of the darkness of this world, Satan’s pride has affected us all in some way. (Ephesians 2:2; 6:12)
You, also, may struggle with the sin of pride. It seems that little is said about this that God hates in these times in which we live. Could it be that it’s because we are too proud to admit that we have a pride problem?
The wise man, Solomon, tells us in Proverbs 6:16-19 there are seven things God hates. Pride is the first one he mentions. Money may be the root of all evil (I Timothy 6:10) but a proud heart is an abomination to the Lord that will not go unpunished. (Proverbs 16:5)
So, why is pride so distasteful to God? First, it takes the heart of a person away from God. It greatly compromises our dependence on our Creator. That leads to dependency only upon our human abilities and accomplishments which deepens pride and lastly can lead to the denial of the existence of God.
The God of the Bible is a jealous God and has no appetite for other gods. (Exodus 20:5) The god of selfish pride is no exception. Our country and the world is full of this humanistic spirit that denies a Creator and any need for a Savior. Pride strikes at the very heart of God because it rejects everything that is high and holy. Paul gives the complete picture of pride gone amuck in Romans 1:18-32.
As bowhunters, it is very easy to get caught up in our successes, especially if we’ve taken a nice trophy animal or have the best equipment. It’s very easy to forget who made our wonderful outdoor world and the animals in it and even easier to forget who gives us strength to pursue trophy animals. Our pride can get in the way of how we view ourselves and can distort and rearrange the priorities of God, family, work and pleasure in our lives.
Do you suffer from the sin of pride? Even though you have been blessed with health or wealth, don’t let that rob you of the joy of trust in God. Always remember who gave you life, all you are and have. Always remember who sustains you and is in control of this world. Always remember that your days on this earth are numbered and preparation for your “hereafter” ought to be your greatest objective. Remembering will put things in perspective. Repent of your selfish pride and seek God’s forgiveness. That will result in your greatest blessing.
“He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you, but to do justly, and love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)
David L Roose