How many of us have known someone who was arrogant or proud? How did you feel about them? Did they annoy you? Did you feel bad for the person they were being arrogant towards? Did you feel that their pride was making them look self-centered, vain and egotistical? In the end did you think that the person was making more of a fool of themselves? Do you feel that all the skills or knowledge that they bragged about was really just disgraced and made null and void by their attitudes? Now think about yourself? How do you behave with others? Do you think you are better than them? Do you think they are equal with you? Do you think maybe you have some skills or knowledge that makes you more important than others? Do you ever let pride build up in you over an accomplishment? Are you ever braggadocious? I have seen that attitude several times lately on American Idol. I am knew to watching it. Seemed like a lot of great talent had been found this season and I wanted to see what happened. However, I have seen some pretty proud people vying for the top spots. It really made them look bad. Took some points off in my mind for wanting them to win over the others. Proverbs 11:2 says,
“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”
The writer of this proverb is telling us that pride will just make us look bad. All our skills and knowledge are lowered with an arrogant attitude. However, he balances it out with an answer to the problem If we want to not be shamed by our behavior, than we need to be humble. Instead with our humility, we will gain wisdom. So common sense should tell us to learn to be humble and we will gain wisdom and not be embarrassed. In the process people will still see our skills and knowledge and perhaps seem them even clearer, because they won’t be standing there with their mouths opened looking at us thinking what a disgraceful attitude.