Pristine Grace

That Monstrous Creature Within Us!
by J.C. Philpot
That Monstrous Creature Within Us!

"I abhor the pride of Jacob." - Amos 6:8

    O cursed pride, that is ever lifting up its head in our hearts! Pride would even pull down God that it might sit upon His throne. Pride would trample under foot the holiest things to exalt itself!

    Pride is that monstrous creature within us, of such ravenous and indiscriminate gluttony, that the more it devours, the more it craves!

    Pride is that chameleon which assumes every color; that actor which can play every part; and yet which is faithful to no one object or purpose, but to exalt and glorify self!

"I will put an end to the pride of the mighty." "God will bring down their pride." (Ezek. 7:24, Isaiah 25:11)

    God means to kill man's pride! And oh, what cutting weapons the Lord will sometimes make use of to kill a man's pride!

    How He will bring him sometimes into the depths of temporal poverty, that He may make a stab at his worldly pride!

    How He will bring to light the iniquities of his youth, that He may mortify his self-righteous pride!

    How He will allow sin to break forth, if not openly, yet so powerfully within, that piercing convictions shall kill his spiritual pride!

    And what deep discoveries of internal corruption will the Lord sometimes employ, to dig down to the root, and cut off the core of that poisonous tree, pride!

    The Searcher of hearts dissects and anatomizes this inbred evil, cuts down to it through the quivering and bleeding flesh, and pursues with His keen knife its multiplied windings and ramifications.

"The day is coming when your pride will be brought low and the Lord alone will be exalted." - Isaiah 2:11

"The arrogance of all people will be brought low. Their pride will lie in the dust. The Lord alone will be exalted!" - Isaiah 2:17

"The Lord Almighty has done it to destroy your pride and show His contempt for all human greatness." - Isaiah 23:9