Getting Too Big for Your Britches (2 Kings 15; 2 Chronicles 26)

But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall.  He was unfaithful to the Lord his God, and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense. (2 Chronicles 26:16)

Pride is often hard to see in the mirror.  We recognize proud people when we see them, but they don’t recognize themselves as being proud.  Perhaps that’s why pride is such a difficult sin to battle.

Pride says, “I’m too good to make a mistake.”  I will never fail.  I will always win.  I’m better than everyone else.  Perhaps pride doesn’t always overtly say such things, but those are the hidden motives of the heart.  Deep down, those are the felt emotions even if they’re not expressed out loud.

Pride is a cancer that needs to be removed because it deceives us from believing reality.  Pride encourages us to think that we’re good enough, smart enough, and slick enough to survive this life without the help of our heavenly Father.  Therefore, pride is foolish.

King Uzziah began his reign with humility, but his heart later became proud.  He was so full of himself that he boldly went into the Temple to burn incense to God – a job that was reserved for the priests.  Even when confronted about his sin, Uzziah was unable to see how his actions were wrong.  After all, how could he ever make a mistake?

Perhaps the best way to root out pride in your life is to ask those who are closest to you to give you an honest evaluation of yourself.  Give them the opportunity to speak freely to you, and be willing to listen to what they say.  If you’re of proud heart, be aware that you’ll likely argue back and share why they’re wrong.  So ask God to help you, and ask Him to instill in you a heart of humility.

Father, I don’t want to have a proud heart.  I want my life to reflect a life of full submission to You – one that sees what’s true and accepts it as reality.  Please let me walk in humility, and give me a willingness to listen to others when they indicate that I am being prideful.  

About Seth

Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.

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