"But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne and stripped of his glory." Daniel 5:20
One of the most dangerous sins mentioned in the Bible seems to be one of the most prevalent sins we see today: the sin of PRIDE. As noted in the Proverbs, pride leads to destruction, disgrace, and a fall. What is pride? Pride is an excessively high opinion of oneself. Pride is the opposite of humility. Throughout the Bible, especially in Proverbs, we see that humility leads to life and to honor. Jesus lived a life of humility. Maybe that is why he said in John 10:10, I have come so that you may have life and have it to the full. Jesus showed us a beautiful way to live...in humility...always thinking of others rather than self. PRIDE does not allow us to think highly of others; PRIDE only allows us to think of self. In the book of Daniel, King Belshazzar was warned by Daniel about pride and what happens to those (chiefly Nebuchadnezzar) who walk in pride. In Daniel 5:20-21, he says to Belshazzar, "But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne and stripped of glory. He was driven away from people and given the mind of an animal; he lived with wild donkeys and ate grass like the ox; and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he acknowledged that the Most High God is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and sets over them anyone he wishes." Nebuchadnezzar's pride made him an enemy of God. And until he came to a place of repentance, God punished him because of his sinful pride. At the end of his life Nebuchadnezzar said these words: "I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble." He spoke from experience.
If you are struggling with pride in your life, take time today to confess it to God and repent! It is not too late. It wasn't too late for King Nebuchadnezzar. God forgave him and restored him to his land and his people, and God even restored his right mind to him. God can forgive you and restore to you all that you have lost because of pride. However, it is a choice you have to make. King Belshazzar was given an example of what happens when someone is overtaken by pride, and he was given the opportunity to turn away from his own sinful pride and turn to God. He did not do it. The Bible tells us in Daniel 5:30, "That very night Belshazzar, king of the Babylonians, was slain, and Darius the Mede took over the kingdom, at the age of sixty-two." Has your heart been hardened with pride? Repent today...before it is too late.