By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches and honor and life. PROVERBS 22:4 Pursue Humility The story of David and Bathsheba is less a story of lust and more a story of power. A story of a man who rose too high for his own good. A man who needed to hear these words: “Come down before you fall.”
“First pride, then the crash—the bigger the ego, the harder the fall” (Proverbs 16:18 MSG). This must be why God hates arrogance. He hates to see his children fall. He hates to see his Davids seduce and his Bathshebas be victimized. God hates what pride does to his children. He doesn’t dislike arrogance. He hates it. Could he state it any clearer than Proverbs 8:13: “I hate pride and arrogance” (NIV)? And then a few chapters later: “God can’t stomach arrogance or pretense; believe me, he’ll put those upstarts in their place” (16:5 MSG).
You don’t want God to do that. . . . ’Tis far wiser to descend the mountain than fall from it.
Pursue humility. Humility doesn’t mean you think less of yourself but that you think of yourself less. “Don’t cherish exaggerated ideas of yourself or your importance, but try to have a sane estimate of your capabilities by the light of the faith that God has given to you” (Romans 12:3 PHILLIPS). . . .
Resist the place of celebrity. “Go sit in a seat that is not important. When the host comes to you, he may say, ‘Friend, move up here to a more important place.’ Then all the other guests will respect you” (Luke 14:10 NCV). Wouldn’t you rather be invited up than put down?
[FACING YOUR GIANTS]
Heavenly Father, you have taught us in your Word that you hate pride but you honor humility. We live in a culture that feeds the natural desire to put ourselves first and to inflate our egos. It is far easier for us to be selfish than to be selfless. We need your help to live humbly in a way that pleases you. Remind us of the self-giving example of your Son, Jesus Christ. Like him, may we learn to think less of ourselves and more of others, amen.
Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches and honor and life.
With all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, [bear] with one another in love.