Dr. Joe Bufford, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Hopkinsville, KY
READ Genesis 11:1-9
I recently heard a great leader say that pride was at the root of so much we do. Pride involves thinking of yourself more than you do of others. Pride means you think better of yourself than you do others. Pride tries to justify the betterment of you regardless of what may happen to anyone else. It is unfortunate we now live in a society that rewards pride and seeks to mask it by labeling it under alternative headings such as “driven” or “positive aggression.”
The tragedy of pride is that it leads to self-consumption, self-preservation and self-exaltation. We find this was the case in Genesis 11:1-9 as we read the story of the people and the Tower of Babel. Verses three and four describe the situation best. The Bibles records, “Then they said to one another, ‘Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.’ They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. And they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth’.” Does this not sound like something that would be said in a modern day scenario?
We know that God destroyed the tower, confused their language and scattered the people. Why? Because God does not delight in pride. As Solomon wrote in Proverbs 16, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud” (v.18-19).
Jesus himself taught that the last would be first and the first last. He also exemplified that by humbling himself and serving others. If you want to evaluate how you are doing in the area of pride, consider how often the people used “us” in Genesis 11 and compare that to how often you use “me” and “I” through your day. Like a pedometer counting steps, you just might be surprised how much it is happening in a day’s time.
God help me to exalt You only. Please help me to humble myself because I know You resist the proud. You also give grace to the humble. So be it Lord, So I can serve You and others. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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