Pride = Shame

When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.

Proverbs 11:2

Proverbs is a great book that full of contrasts and full of wisdom.  The Bible, especially the book of Proverbs, has a number of seeming contradictions.  But when you dig a little deeper, you begin to realize that it is our human nature that is the contradiction.  When our flesh contradicts the Bible, it is our flesh that always wrong.  Every single time.

This verse tells us that pride and shame go hand in hand.  Human wisdom might tell us that pride is the opposite of shame.  Human wisdom would tell us shame is the result of low self-esteem.  Human wisdom would tell us that pride is a good thing.  And human wisdom would be wrong.  Proverbs has much to say about pride, and none of it is good.  In fact, it tells us that pride leads to destruction.  Pride is the sin that destroyed Satan.  His famous words were “I will… I will… I will…”  Pride will destroy us.  It will bring shame.

On the other hand, human wisdom might tell us that the “lowly” are weak and insignificant.  Human wisdom would tell us that there is a problem with being “lowly.”  And, again, human wisdom would be wrong.  We will stick with what the Bible says.  “With the lowly is wisdom.” 

If there is wisdom with the lowly, I want to be counted among the lowly.  If pride brings shame, I would like to avoid pride.  I like the fact that Proverbs puts the cookies on the bottom shelf.  Here it is:

Pride = Shame
Lowliness = Wisdom

2 responses to this post.

  1. I love this Ben . . .and needed it too. I sometimes don’t want to be among the lowly. But I can see here that it’s a good thing. 🙂
    God bless you for those cookies right where I can reach.

    Reply

    • It’s hard to be among the lowly- and even harder to want to be among the lowly. But, like you say, it’s a good thing. I like the cookies on the bottom shelf! 🙂

      Reply

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