Talent fuels a dream, hard work sustains the dream, and pride destroys it all. History has recorded great men who were utterly destroyed and never remembered for good just because of a singular thought that metamorphosed to a stumbling block which cleared off their deeds from the sands of time. A few names are Lucifer – the supposed best voice in the universe, Nebuchadnezzar – king of Babylon who rebel against God, and Ahab – king of Babylon who disobeyed the warning of Prophet.
Pride does not manifest in the speed of time, it starts with a thought process left undealt, with which aggrandizes into having a heart which is defiant to God’s counsel. So, when it seems you have this untamed feeling that you know it all, check it sincerely, it is pride knocking on the door of your heart. Some can even have an open heart to people’s advice but they will never think there is anything to hold upon in the midst of godly counsel. A wise man will hear, and increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsel – Proverb 1:5. It is the silent killer at work.
Pride can be said to be when you overemphasis on your abilities and neglecting the godly counsel of others. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather in humility value others above yourselves – Philippians 2:3. It is unfortunate that the afterwards of pride is so insidious that it might not be quickly noticed, pride brings retarded growth.
There is always a point where we need others to lift us up, in reality, no one is self-made but pride, the silent killer will cause you to harden your heart and turn defiant ears to the advises of those who are willing to help. If you experience hardship in all your dealings, you need to do a sincere evaluation of your state of mind to see if you allowed pride to creep in. Pride can block opportunities that will catalyst your growth in life.
Let’s face this; pride will ultimately result to untimely destruction. Taking a clue from the examples mentioned earlier, Satan lost his fellowship with God and was disgracefully dismissed from heaven because he thought he was so handsome and full of wisdom (Ezekiel 28:17) . Nebuchadnezzar said ‘look how great Babylon is, I built it as my capital to display my power and wealth, my glory and majesty’ and his royal power was taken from him, he spent a 7 years in the wilderness feeding on grasses like an ox. (Daniel 4:28-33). Ahab thought he was smarter than God, the prophet of God, delivered God’s counsel that he should not go to war but instead of listening he subtly exchanged his garment with Jehoshaphat but he was quick to forget that the end result of pride is destruction, he was killed in battle as the prophet had earlier mentioned (1 King 22).
The next question you will ask me is how do you overcome pride? You need to sincerely assess your thought processes, and consciously humble yourself by having an open mind that evaluates the godly counsel of others with the view learn from others. Unlearning to learn has been identified as one of the best way to improve. Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the midst of multitude of counsellors there is safety– Proverb 11:14. To overcome pride, you need to have empathy for others and develop a contrite heart which does not disregard the opinion of people but carefully evaluate them to see the sense in this nonsense as the case may be.
For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite heart, and trembleth at my word – Isaiah 66:2
I conclude with the story of the youngest king of Judah – King Josiah who sorted after the counsel of the wise – Hilkiah and he made a covenant to obey God. He had an outstanding 31 years as the king of Judah with tremendous works he accomplished. The thought process that sows pride, the silent killer should not be given any chance to linger in your heart. Always remember if not dealt with will ultimately lead to destruction.
Written by Folarin Oluwasayo.
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