Pride’s Preventative Measures
“We have heard of the pride of Moab; he is very proud: even of his haughtiness, and his pride, and his wrath: but his lies shall not be so.”
Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” You cannot let pride in your life and expect to have a good ending. It was the pride of Moab that led to Moab’s destruction. In the verse above, the prophet Isaiah bemoaned the pride of Moab and what it was doing to the country. You will notice that pride led to wrath and lies as it always does. Sadly, the result of Moab’s pride was destruction. Just as the Book of Proverbs warns the believer, so Moab fell and saw destruction because they wouldn’t remove the pride in their life.
Sadly, many believers let their pride direct their lives instead of listening to the voice of the Holy Ghost who warns them of their sin. One of the main things that keeps a believer from getting right with the LORD is their pride. When a person removes pride from their life, they will find it easy to come clean with their sin so they can start the journey towards restoration. Four things are pointed out in the verse above about Moab’s pride and what it prevented Moab from doing. These preventative measures that pride takes are the same steps that pride takes in your life if you don’t deal with it.
First, pride kept Moab from seeing the fruit of their ways. Pride always gives a person a false sense of confidence. Pride always tells the believer that they can continue in sin without seeing the consequences of their sin. The pathway of pride is filled with many casualties of people who thought it would never happen to them. My friend, when you think that sin’s fruit will never happen to you is when you are a step away from its destruction.
Second, pride kept Moab from admitting they had a problem. Pride keeps you from seeing that sin is controlling you. Pride makes you think that everybody else is your problem instead of you seeing that your sin is what is breaking your life. The only thing that keeps you from admitting you have a sin problem is your pride. You are so worried about what people think about you instead of seeing what sin is doing to you, which keeps you walking towards the destruction of where pride brings you.
Third, pride kept Moab from asking for help. The only reason you won’t ask people to help you with your sin is because you want everyone to think that you have everything under control. If you had your sin under control, you would quit it. The fact that you won’t ask someone to help you is evidence that pride is keeping you from getting victory over your sin.
Fourth, pride kept Moab from coming clean with their sin. The biggest reason you don’t want to tell people what you have done is because of your pride. Your pride doesn’t want you to tell the ones who want to help you how bad your sin is in your life. You cannot get help until you come clean with what you have done.
The result of pride is found in verse 7 which says, “Therefore shall Moab howl for Moab…” One day you will cry in misery because you never dealt with your sin. If you don’t want to end up with a life of regret, you would be wise to swallow your pride and get the help you need to overcome sin. Sin has consequences; don’t let your pride make you pay its price.