"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may
exalt you in due time:" (1 Peter 5:6).
It is terrible if God should say that He would make you a useless
vessel. Note the sins of Israel. They were filled with pride and
refused to listen to God's word.
Often when we are filled with pride like Balaam we are blinded. The
donkey spoke to him and he was so angry and proud that he actually
answered without realising that a donkey is not supposed to speak. He
said the donkey made a fool of him whereas he made a fool of himself.
Pray that God would reveal Himself to you. How will you stand with
such a proud heart before God?
In a child pride is obvious, but in grown-ups it's a hidden thing
which only manifests now and again. But it is a hidden cancer which
rots your heart away.
Remember how Herod was so proud that he accepted the praise of men and
was struck dead by God and eaten by worms.
Remember even how Hezekiah's pride caused God's wrath to be on him and
his nation until he humbled himself. It says God wanted to show
Hezekiah kindness but his pride prevented that kindness.
It's like someone who wants to help you but you're too proud to accept
the help and you miss many blessings.
Pride is a disease known to man that makes everyone else sick except
themselves (in their own eyes).
There's a children story of a frog and two ducks in a pond. Soon the
pond dried up. The ducks knew they could easily fly to another pond
but what about their poor friend the frog. So they devised a plan:
they got a stick and told the frog to hold on with his beak and so
they flew off. As they passed over a farmer's yard, the farmer looked
up at the amazing sight and shouted, "What a clever idea! Who thought
of that?". "I did", replied the frog.
Often a very proud person thinks he's very humble.
Pray that God will reveal your heart to you as He sees it. He's the
only one who can give you this humble heart.