“The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground? Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the Lord.” – Obadiah 1:3-4
We’ve all heard the saying that pride comes before a fall. Well, truer words are seldom spoken according to scripture for pride has never run so ramped and a fall never more eminent then now. Though it be hidden to the proud, it is made evident to the humble, for the Lord is the strength of the righteous and they are never taken in a fault because their trust is in the Lord who sees all, knows all, and cannot fail. Herein is the arrogance of the prideful to think that they could ever have an advantage over God or His people. Anything they may perceive as ground gained is merely God allowing them to be led by their own pride into position for the checkmate.
“The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel shall cast him down. For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walketh upon a snare.” – Job 18:7-8
Jesus told us repeatedly that the humble will be exalted by God Himself but the prideful will He resist and cast down. It may not happen right away leaving room for repentance but rest assured that without it, no matter how many people you cause to come into agreement with your pride, judgment and a fall will surely come, for no pride in will go unpunished.
“Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.” – Proverbs 16:5
All pride is rooted in standing against God. God’s will, God’s plan, God’s wisdom, God’s authority, or God’s people. For this the anger of God is stirred against a person, people, or nation and all manner of trial rises up against them as God turns them over to the chastisement of the enemy. Yet even this is a mercy that they might be humbled and saved.
“To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” – 1 Corinthians 5:5
However the intently prideful that will not be humbled, repent, and turned from their wicked ways will be turned over to the master they chose to serve and separated from the one they choose to stand against for all eternity. So that, in the end, will they be humbled in hell. Therefor are all men humbled, either in this life by choice or in the next by force. For EVERY knee will bow and EVERY tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. There are no exceptions. Humble yourself now and stand boldly before the thrown of God on the day of judgment, or stand boldly now and be humbled before the thrown of God on the day of judgment. The choice is yours, the choice has always been yours. From the two trees in the garden of Eden in Genesis to the antichrist or Messiah of Revelations, there has always been a choice and the choice has always been yours to make. Humble yourself and make the right one.
“Therefore as I live, saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, even the breeding of nettles, and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation: the residue of my people shall spoil them, and the remnant of my people shall possess them. This shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the people of the Lord of hosts. The Lord will be terrible unto them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen.” – Zephaniah 2:9-11
“For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” – Romans 14:11-12
“Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it. And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled: But the Lord of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.” – Isaiah 5:14-16