“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18
We’ve all heard the phrase, pride comes before the fall. This is the famous Bible verse from where the saying is coined. And it’s so true. Proud, arrogant, conceited people always think they’ll always be more successful than everyone else. But when hard times come and they truly need a hand, they often are too proud to ask and even if they do, they’ll generally not find very many willing helpers. So when a proud person falls, it’s often so much harder than when a humble person falls. When a humble person gets in trouble, often the people around them are quick to give a helping hand and bring them up from their difficulty. But when a proud person falls, they’re too stubborn to admit it, and those who are able to help aren’t generally willing. That’s why many have said that it’s better to have friends than wealth. Friends are always there to give you a helping hand. Wealth is a poor substitute.
But think about it from God’s perspective. God wants us all to live with reverence and the fear of the Lord. Pride is the exact opposite of the fear of the Lord. Pride tells a person that they themselves are the most important thing on the planet, that they’re the top dog. The fear of the Lord says that there’s a bigger picture and more at stake than just your own happiness, comfort, and pleasure. So when God sees someone living in pride, He must get very sad. Pride is the exact opposite mentality that we’re supposed to have. So maybe God intentionally thwarts proud people as a lesson to the rest of us to take warning. More about that in later Bible verses.