“Pride goes before a fall” has been a devastating expression for many Christian believers. They don’t understand it, and they get it used against them. Often there has been some wonderful believer faced with adversity who has made up his mind to go for it, to trust God, to choose to believe that his efforts with God’s help will bring to fruition his dream. Upon sharing his optimism with some other supposedly more seasoned “believer.” The latter feels compelled to deflate his tires and does so with, “Watch out. Pride goes before a fall.” Forgive me. I have an emotional response to this one, having seen it used by God’s people to hurt others of His people and dissuade His purposes.
The expression is misquoted from Proverbs.
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall
Hey, so pride does NOT go before a fall. It goes before destruction, which is even worse, but the point is that those who “quote” it aren’t getting it right, and they are certainly not applying it correctly.
What is pride? Is it looking to God for positive outcomes? Hardly. Is it thinking you might actually have an idea for how to build a better mousetrap? That’s not how it is used in God’s Word. Psalm 73 is illustrative of “pride” as it occurs in God’s Word.
Have You Ever Wondered About Proverbs?“) Not everyone who goes against God’s judgments sees destruction. Plenty of murderous dictators have died of old age. But exalting your opinions above God’s is asking for trouble, never a good idea; and that is what Proverbs 16:18 is talking about.