The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?
Another form of deception many Christians don’t know about is heart pride. Here the prophet pronounces judgment on the Edomite nation on account of their sense of security and invincibility. Their lofty physical location made them proud and over confident.
There are many “high habitations” (positions) that can fill one’s heart with pride. For instance, any personal advantages you have in life can be a huge source of pride. Your economic advantage can make you feel superior to others. The social positions you hold at work, church, community or home can massage your ego dangerously.
Even a high IQ can induce enormous arrogance in the heart. In other words, your intelligence can make you despise those who are not as smart in mind as you are. Likewise, a high income can create a snobbish and prideful attitude. Don’t let your financial success cause you to despise the underprivileged. Exerting huge influence can also boost your sense of pride. Saints beware!
Whatever source of pride afflicts you, note that Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” That’s an inviolable rule in life. As soon as you detect pride in your heart, get rid of it promptly, before it costs you dearly.