Daily Devotionals

In or Out Week 1 Wednesday

Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

You have likely heard the saying, “Pride goes before a fall.” This comes straight from the Bible in Proverbs 16:18. This pride, Scripture teaches, leads to devastation. It leads us down a path we never intended to go and will destroy us if we let it. In light of this, we need to recognize any pride in our lives and run away from any pride that may be surfacing in us.

“Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall,” Proverbs 16:18 says. This verse tells us where pride leads us: destruction. Haughtiness, which is another word for pride, will cause us to fall. If the path we follow on our GPS is pride, we do not have to guess where it will take us. Like any path, the good news is that we do not have to follow the path of pride. We can make a U-turn any time, running away from pride and the destruction it leads to. Because of the negative consequences of pride, the author of Proverbs 16 concluded, “Better to live humbly with the poor than to share plunder with the proud.” Because pride destroys us, being humble and having little is better than sharing riches with those who are prideful. 

It’s time today to stop and think about the path we are walking towards. Are we walking down the path of pride? Is it leading us in a direction we do not want to be going? The first step in turning away from pride is recognizing it in our own lives. When we see it for what it is and recognize the negative consequences of following pride’s path, we can act against it and step off its path. This takes honesty and willingness to admit that we are struggling with pride when we see it. Let’s keep our eyes open to see the pride we may have and take steps to turn away from it.

Moving Toward Action

Take a few minutes to pray. Ask God to reveal any areas of your life where pride may have crept in. Then, prepare to listen to any areas He may be revealing to you. As He reveals any pride in your life, confess it to Him. Ask Him to help you as you seek to turn away from that pride.

Going Deeper

Proverbs 16:1-33 (NLT)

We can make our own plans,

but the Lord gives the right answer.

People may be pure in their own eyes,

but the Lord examines their motives.

Commit your actions to the Lord,

and your plans will succeed.

The Lord has made everything for his own purposes,

even the wicked for a day of disaster.

The Lord detests the proud;

they will surely be punished.

Unfailing love and faithfulness make atonement for sin.

By fearing the Lord, people avoid evil.

When people’s lives please the Lord,

even their enemies are at peace with them.

Better to have little, with godliness,

than to be rich and dishonest.

We can make our plans,

but the Lord determines our steps.

The king speaks with divine wisdom;

he must never judge unfairly.

The Lord demands accurate scales and balances;

he sets the standards for fairness.

A king detests wrongdoing,

for his rule is built on justice.

The king is pleased with words from righteous lips;

he loves those who speak honestly.

The anger of the king is a deadly threat;

the wise will try to appease it.

When the king smiles, there is life;

his favor refreshes like a spring rain.

How much better to get wisdom than gold,

and good judgment than silver!

The path of the virtuous leads away from evil;

whoever follows that path is safe.

Pride goes before destruction,

and haughtiness before a fall.

Better to live humbly with the poor

than to share plunder with the proud.

Those who listen to instruction will prosper;

those who trust the Lord will be joyful.

The wise are known for their understanding,

and pleasant words are persuasive.

Discretion is a life-giving fountain to those who possess it,

but discipline is wasted on fools.

From a wise mind comes wise speech;

the words of the wise are persuasive.

Kind words are like honey—

sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

There is a path before each person that seems right,

but it ends in death.

It is good for workers to have an appetite;

an empty stomach drives them on.

Scoundrels create trouble;

their words are a destructive blaze.

A troublemaker plants seeds of strife;

gossip separates the best of friends.

Violent people mislead their companions,

leading them down a harmful path.

With narrowed eyes, people plot evil;

with a smirk, they plan their mischief.

Gray hair is a crown of glory;

it is gained by living a godly life.

Better to be patient than powerful;

better to have self-control than to conquer a city.

We may throw the dice,

but the Lord determines how they fall.