Devotional

Why God Hates Pride

Michael Beck Michael Beck

“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.” (2 Corinthians 12:7)

No sin is more subtle or insidious than pride. It may escape our notice, but God always detects it. Pride slights God. It moves Him off center stage, as we place our self in the spotlight. The person who feels they are most above it is most in danger of it. The Lord gave his choicest apostle a thorn in the flesh to prevent pride from ruining him. Paul learned how to brag about his weaknesses.

How we appear to others; what they think of us; how much favor we have in their eyes; ought to mean nothing to us. Who we are to God; what He thinks of us; how much favor we have with Him; that is all that should matter to us. And this we know: God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble.


Michael Beck is a pastor in New York City and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.