Text: :“Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility”- Proverb 18:12.
Comment: Either as individuals or as a collectivity, people lose many things because of pride. The proud will not accept correction and so continue in the path of error until they fall into the ditch. “Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.” (Proverbs 26:12) Such ones do not want to know about God and godliness but trust in their own wisdom. “The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.” (Psalm 10:4) There are some who are in leadership positions who feel that they know it all. When they makes mistake and someone draws their attention, they look down on the person, even if he is older and more experienced. Instances abound when some who have been in office for a long time were required to step down for others but they refused.
They felt the positions were their birthright and did everything possible to remain there until death, even if they were clearly incapable of continuing and the institutions were crumbling. Such action, in not listening to the view of others, springs from a haughty spirit but in due time God will make it clear that He is “the judge, he putteth down one, and setteth up another”. (Psalm 75:7) They consent not to wholesome words, but are “proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmising… from such withdraw thyself”. - 1 Timothy 6:5.