In our country (and many parts of the world) pride is considered a virtue. Whereas there are times where the word pride seems appropriate (such as, being proud of your children, etc); many times pride is a massive liability. We are too proud to admit we are wrong about something, we are too proud concede that we don't know something, we are too proud to apologize, we are too proud to ask for help. In so many things we stiffen up with pride to our detriment. As I am writing this, it hit me how there is freedom in humility. When we are humble enough to admit we are wrong and seek forgiveness from another it is very liberating. When we are humble enough to say, “I'm not sure, but I think it is this way or that way”; instead of insisting we “know it is this way”; pride is removed and we have the liberty to be wrong.
Beyond the everyday pride barriers, there is a much more massive problem with our pride. We stiffen up our neck toward God and insist on our own way. Whether it is through false religion, intellect, philosophy, or just flat out selfishness; many people are too welled up with pride to consider the Truth of God.
The fact is, to be truly humble before men, and more importantly, to be truly humble before God, all self-seeking, self-glory, self-interest, self-pity, self-righteousness, self-importance, self-promotion, self-satisfaction-and whatsoever else there be of self-must die.
As you consider whether you have truly humbled yourself before your Creator, also consider how important it is by reading what He says about it:
1Peter 5:5-7 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
In addition, consider this: When we worry and are anxious we are also showing pride. We tend to think of pride only as a stiff necked, chest out, “my way or the highway kind of pride”; however, a meek person can demonstrate pride by continued worry and unrest. That is not my opinion, Peter just said it....did you catch it? Right on the heels of warning about pride, Peter says to cast all your anxieties on The Lord. In other words, if you do not, you are not trusting in God, you are, instead trusting in yourself to “worry it through”, and “figure it out” on your own.
The biggest problem you will run in to when your pride gets in the way is the fact that you are easy pray for the devil. Pride will tell you, “I don't believe in the devil”. Pride will tell you, “I'm not afraid of the devil.” Pride will tell you, “I don't need anybody, I can take care of myself.” But the fact is, our battle is not of flesh and blood, it is of the spiritual nature; and if you don't know that to be true, Satan has already won his battle with you, you are easy prey. If you do know it to be true, but you think you can battle Satan without Jesus and abiding in Him, you will also lose the battle. Clearly the warning is right here in this short chapter that pride kills. Pride lost Satan's Heavenly home and position as a mighty angel; and pride can overtake you if you do not humble yourself under the might hand of God:
1Peter 5:8-11 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 6:11-13 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Did you catch that promise? Instead of worrying, we are instead to cast our anxieties upon The Lord in prayer and supplication....what does supplication mean?:
SUPPLICA'TION, n. [L. supplicatio.]
Entreaty; humble and earnest prayer in worship.
When we do that, He gives us His Peace which surpasses ALL UNDERSTANDING!! People will look at you with confusion because nothing gets to you. You trust completely in The Lord and they will probably think you are irrational, and maybe even crazy. You won't even be able to explain it adequately to them because it is a peace that is beyond understanding. The icing on the cake is, He gets the glory! Isn't that amazing, He gives us the peace we desire and He is glorified, allowing us to fulfill our purpose, which is to glorify God.