What does pride have to do with unbelief? That’s the purpose of this post.
That statement is basically the summary of the book “Pride”. The book is in two (2) parts – Diagnosis and Recovery. The first part gives the diagnosis of the true nature of pride which is one being established in unbelief as against the symptoms (arrogance or showing of self-importance, wickedness, lack of respect for people generally etc.) which we encounter in proud people. Diagnosis covers chapters 1 to 11 – A general overview of pride, Why pride is a sin, Why God resists the proud, Pride and unbelief, The works of pride or you may say the possible behaviours in a proud person, the issue of Self, Who has it worse with pride and then introduces the basic requirements for recovery like Understanding God, Trusting God, Tells my own story with pride and it then ends with The man after God’s heart – David.
Recovery is basically building back faith and maintaining faith in the long run. It takes from chapters 12 to 18 – Faith, Accepting the love of God, Truth, God is Merciful, Fear of the Lord, Praise the Lord and finally Be a praying Christian.
What has pride got to do with unbelief – lack of faith?
That’s what am about to answer in very few lines and with a story of something that happened recently that reminded me of why the book needed to be written in the first place. Am going to remove every confusion in the statement – pride is unbelief – with this post and that story. Please follow through with me.
I made a post recently on Running Patiently. It talks about the Christian race not being a sprint completed in a few seconds but a marathon, an endurance trek because then would the instruction run with patience (Heb. 12:1) make sense. How do you run and wait? That’s the fight of faith and the race only ends at the end of life and surely just as any other race there is a crown for those who win and it is called the crown of life. James 1:12, “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him”.
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Having had faith the next thing that happens to a Christian is the trial of that faith. When you come out successful in the trial of your faith, the crown of life which is for those that love God is what you receive. Proverbs 17:3 says “the fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts” and again Psalms 66:10-12 says “For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins. Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place. See also 1 Peter 1:6-9.
Why does the Lord try our hearts? To prove us! Will man always submit to His will and supremacy at all times? Will man always know that He is God? I will answer with a story and some scriptures. I have been believing God for some assistance for months on end and I was quite willing to wait till He does it as long as there wasn’t any real threat if I didn’t provide that thing immediately. Then the threat came and there was so much pressure on me to make what I needed God’s assistance for available and it looked like the God that could do and has helped for even bigger issues just wasn’t willing to budge for this one and at the time I really needed Him to even after He had said He would do it. For fear of the shame that would prevail and which usually come with such cases, I went to do my normal prayers and in my prayer time I ended up crying and begging Him for immediate intervention. And He said to me, “I am in control, I control time and seasons and I will do it in My time not yours or the people pressurizing you”. I am not the one to control Him rather He is to control me, us.
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An example to use in the scriptures is that of Jesus, who is the express image of God and of whom it is said in Philippians 2:8 that “being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him”. If you read Matthew 26:36-46, you will see where Jesus humbled Himself by accepting to do the will of the Father to die on the cross. He humbled Himself, surrendered, accepted and obeyed the Father even when He knew that “all things were possible to God” as He said. God could have maybe waved His hands like a Nigerian song writer said and the world would have started over again but He chose to die, that Jesus should die and though this was very grievous to Christ such that His Soul was sorrowful even onto death, His sweat was like blood, He said nevertheless, not My will but Yours. He surrender to God’s supremacy and God made that report we just read in Philippians and had highly exalted Him! He exalts the humble remember. It takes humility to submit to God’s supremacy over us even when we don’t understand His instructions or what He is doing, we obey because as Dr. James Dobson said, God makes sense even when He doesn’t make sense.
When God tries your faith in Him, it is an issue of you knowing that He is in control not you. And you are to accept His will not Him accepting yours. It is your willingness to let Him decide over what He should do and how He should do it while believing that He knows best even though you may be going through the fire and waters. It is at this point many that had faith cast away their faith in God even faith in Him to handle and be “in control” of their lives and everything. According to Dr. James Dobson in his book Holding on to your Faith Even When God Doesn’t Make Sense, this point is what he calls the Betrayal Barrier where many think God has betrayed them so they lose faith in Him and His word. That is why at such times we think and feel God has forsaken us. Also Jesus on the cross cried ‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’ (Matthew 27:45) because it is a human phenomenon to feel that way.
Now, because they think God “has failed” them they look for the next best thing, themselves, to rely on. Their knowledge, their experiences, their skills and everything else they have to rely on. Many take different routes and situations to this point of conclusion that God has failed both those that had faith and those that didn’t even have faith In Him in the first place. So they think God has been over rated and they become only preoccupied with self. They build their “self “and think they are in control of their lives since they have taken that control from God and pride sets in. Preoccupation with self is how they become their own god doing all what God “couldn’t do” they think. When you are in control of your life such that you can do whatever you like and to whoever you like whenever and however you like without any fear or reservation then you are well on your way. And you are doing this to people. Proverbs 17:5 (Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker) and 14:31 (He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker). You mock at people and oppress people because there is no regard for their Maker.
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As mentioned earlier, not all men have faith. 2 Thessalonians 3:2 says “that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith”. That is why this doesn’t just belong to Christians. Any man that has not faith in God has no respect or fear/reverence for God and can do anything to anybody because he thinks there is nobody to hold him accountable. Psalms 73:6, 7-9, 11-12 says “Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment. They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily. They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth And they say, How doth God know? And is there knowledge in the most High?”
And Psalms 10:1-18 says “the wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined. For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth. The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them. He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity. His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity. He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor. He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it. Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble. Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? He hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it. Thou hast seen it: for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand”.
If he doesn’t fear and respect God is it you and I that he would fear to hurt or harm? I rest my case with king Solomon’s conclusion of the whole matter. He was the wisest man and he said to us “fear God and keep His commandments for this is the whole duty of man”. A word they say is enough for the wise and scriptures say in proverbs 9:10 that the “fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” but Psalms 14:1 says “the fool says in his heart that there is no God”. Please do no wait for the day of His wrath for which Scriptures says man shall look to His Maker and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel – Isaiah 17:7 because it shall be too late. Do it now by first receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. If you reject Christ you reject Him that sent Christ.
This is not necessarily how I put this forth in the book, in fact this is not from the book but a post to get you to understand why the book was written. You can get the Paperback and E-book on Amazon and you may read online on Okadabooks at no charge. You can’t download to your device but you can access and read it there.
Thanks for sticking to the end and God bless you. Have a fruitful week!
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