"The haughty looks of man shall be brought low, and the lofty pride of men shall be humbled, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day." Isaiah 2:11 ESV
Pride is a condition of the heart. First demonstrated in Satan’s rebellion, pride embodies a defiance of God. A commitment to exalt ourselves. It is proof that we place a higher priority on our own desires than on pleasing God, or on His Word.
One of the most troubling ways pride is expressed is through our appearance. A proud look is defiant. It shows that people are thinking of themselves.
The Bible makes clear that God hates pride (Proverbs 8:13). In fact, He promises to deal with pride in the lives and hearts of men and women, and nations. He warned that all who are “proud and haughty” will be “brought low.” In the end, God Himself “alone shall be exalted.”
It can be easy to detect this kind of pride in others. But, in reality, each of us can be guilty of this same sin. And these proud looks can bring to the surface the real condition of our hearts.
In every situation, the Bible urges us to follow the example of Jesus, who humbled Himself. And because of this humility, God exalted him (Philippians 2:7-11).
This is not something we deal with once, for pride can arise, again and again. Even mature believers can find themselves focused on themselves. Drifting away from God.
These are reasons to focus on Jesus. Over and over, to praise Him. Over and over to give God the glory and praise. To repent whenever we allow ourselves to give in to pride. To be alert to moments when our faces display a proud look.
In your life, ask God to help you recognize any pride in your heart and mind. Humble yourself before Him. Submit your life to Him. Worship Him. Through your face, let your light shine for Him.
PrayerFather, forgive me for pride. I humble myself before You. May Your Spirit shine through me. Use me to impact others for Your Kingdom. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Extended ReadingIsaiah 2