Isaiah 16: Overflowing with Pride
In Isaiah 16, we find out the prophecy regarding the people of Moab. It doesn’t seem to be overly optimistic, but there was one thing I noticed about the people of Moab that is something we are equally as guilty of today in the United States at least.
Isa 16:6 We have heard of the pride of Moab; he is very proud: even of his haughtiness, and his pride, and his wrath: but his lies shall not be so.
Isa 16:7 Therefore shall Moab howl for Moab, every one shall howl: for the foundations of Kirhareseth shall ye mourn; surely they are stricken.
Look at all the pride here. The people of Moab are even proud of their pride. All of the emphasis here is that they were basically overflowing with pride, and verse seven reminds us that that is not a good thing.
I think we have a hard time with this today. We are taught that it is very good to be proud of yourself. On some level that’s true. We don’t want a generation of people who have absolutely no self-esteem. It is an important part of the Christian message to realize that each individual human has intrinsic value because of the fact that God gave it to him or her.
However, it is easy to go farther than that. It is easy for us to become overly prideful and to think more of ourselves then we ought to. We begin to take credit for everything that goes on in our lives, and we begin to slip ourselves into the spot that God should occupy.
That is a problem that Moab had, and it is a large reason that God brought judgment. They needed to be woken up and needed to realize that they cannot do it on their own. We need to remember that in our lives as well.