I played on a field once that had lights, but the lights seemed to make things worse. Shadows were everywhere. It would have been better to have no light at all. At least then we would have stopped playing.

Proverbs 21:4–“Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, is sin.”

Simply put, when you are guided and controlled by your pride and its resulting desires, you’re playing on a field with poor lighting. It’s dangerous and you and others are likely to get seriously hurt.

You’re playing in the dark when pride is your light. It’s a sin to play in that kind of darkness.

Here’s why:

God is opposed to human pride. In fact, Jesus told us in Matthew 5 that it’s only the “poor in spirit” that can come to him. Pride keeps us from admitting our sin and our need for a savior.

No one likes an arrogant person. Really. They don’t. It just ruins relationships.

Your pride usually sets you up for major disaster. And you won’t see it coming because you think you’ve got it all together.

How’s the light on your field?

Lord Jesus, kill my pride. I humble myself today in your presence, asking your forgiveness. Amen.