As we saw in our consideration of the city of Tyre’s tragic end resulting from her pride, I pointed out that the same principles apply to individuals. Ezekiel 28 illustrates this. But as Ezekiel describes the downfall of the king of Tyre he goes beyond a focus on the man to a focus on one who was the power behind the king – none other than Lucifer, the Devil.
Read about the king of Tyre in Ezekiel 28, and reflect especially on verses 12-19. The focus in these verses is clear: Don’t let beauty, wisdom and wealth go to your head! This focus can be amplified in three points. 1. A place of honor given by God, 2. Pride of heart corrupted his ways, and 3. Put out of heaven, his tragic end. Or in the case of the king of Tyre – he was overthrown and the city was plundered of everything.
When the bottom drops out because of arrogant pride those who respected you in your lofty position of power and prosperity will be appalled at you. Far too often we forget how quickly men and women of position, power and prosperity are forgotten after their fall. This is tragic for them. But even more tragic for those who have forgotten them, because then they also will forget the profound lesson to be learned and applied: God resists the proud.
God will not share His glory with anyone else. Never forget, pride goes before a fall. That’s why we should never let beauty, wisdom and wealth go to our heads! Always remember, God gives grace to the humble.