Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 32
We all know how dangerous the sin of pride can be. It’s subtle and can come in the form of good spiritual things. Jesus Himself included it with the list of sins that defiles us (Mark 7:20-22) and it’s listed as one of the six sins that God says is an abomination and that he hates. (Proverbs 6:16, 16:5) Still when I hear this word, I align it mostly with younger people, cocky young men who live by YOLO, conceited young women who’s value lies in their hundreds of likes on their selfies, teens who feel like they’re always right and don’t need to listen to any type of authority. Yet pride is not a sin that just the younger generation deals with. It’s a sin that we ALL deal with, including myself and generations ahead of me. In fact, in today’s Scripture we see a king that started off so well with God, ending his life in sin because of pride. It says in v. 24-25
24 In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death, and he prayed to the Lord, and he answered him and gave him a sign. 25 But Hezekiah did not make return according to the benefit done to him, for his heart was proud. Therefore wrath came upon him and Judah and Jerusalem. -2 Chronicles 32:24-25
Pride can rear its ugly head at any time in our life, including at the end of our life and we (and others) will feel God’s wrath and sin’s consequences from it as indicated in the above passage. However we all know the answer toward that prideful heart that not only Hezekiah had but we can have at times and that’s humility. Hezekiah humbled his prideful heart in v. 26 and God showed Him mercy instead of wrath. Let this be a lesson to all of us who struggles with pride no matter what age we are or what season of life that we are in. Humility in God’s grace can melt a prideful heart and save us from it’s consequences.
Posted by: Erik Koliser