How many people in your life have an attitude of “Look what I can do” or “Look what I have done!” It is one thing for my 5 yr old to clean up a room all by himself and for him to expect praise and an adult to do the right thing in a situation and expect everyone to just marvel at his actions. I call those people, in the best loving way possible, prideful and unhumbled. When my husband and I tease each other about cleaning the house or taking care of something without being asked we literally pat ourselves on our back as a way to make ourselves “feel good” and say “Look what we did, nice job!” It is a joke, but yet when you look at something like that through the eyes of scripture God wants our weakness to be His strength. He doesn’t like pride any more than the rest of us. Proverbs is filled with “spot on” sayings about life but two in particular should be meditated on if you are one of those people who struggle with pride…I for one need reminding 🙂 Proverbs 11:2 “When pride comes, then disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” and Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”
I think it isn’t pride that really isn’t at the center of the problem, but patience…we want the glory now, not later..and we want the earthly glory now, not the eternal glory that awaits us. Those who wait on the Lord…who truly wait on the Lord will be blessed, plain and simple…maybe not the way you think you should be blessed or as outlined by the world’s standards, but by God’s. Give to Him your pride and humble yourself in all things and you will see Him lift you up when you least expect it!