March 31, 2024


Proverbs 11:2-3 - When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom. The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.


In the Bible reading from Proverbs 11, Solomon speaks about the contrast between pride and humility. He says that when pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble there is wisdom (v. 2). The proud tend to be more concerned about their own self-image and status before others, whereas the humble recognize their need for God's wisdom and grace. Though the proud may seem to succeed for a time, ultimately they are headed for a fall, because God opposes the proud (Prov. 16:18; James 4:6). By contrast, it is the humble who will inherit honor (Prov. 29:23) and retain a teachable spirit all their lives. The passage also contrasts the upright and the treacherous (v. 3). The integrity of the upright guides them in life with inner moral direction, whereas the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them. Though they think their deception may bring them gain, it actually brings self-destruction. So we see that living with integrity and humility is the path of true wisdom.


This passage reminds me that pride is often at the root of my sins and failings. When I become impatient or irritated with others, it’s usually because I’m focused on my own desires and plans rather than humbly considering their needs. When I react defensively to criticism, it’s often because I’m worried about protecting my ego rather than listening and learning with humility. And when I’m tempted to shade the truth or cut corners ethically, it’s because I’m arrogant enough to think the rules don’t fully apply to me. But the wisdom here is clear: “When pride comes, then comes disgrace.” No matter how clever or capable I may think I am, pride blinds me to my own limitations and need for God’s grace. It cuts me off from the wisdom and help of others. Ultimately it leads only to a fall, because God sees all and opposes the proud. The path of wisdom is humility—honestly acknowledging my weaknesses, being teachable, and seeking to serve others above myself. This is the way of blessing. As Jesus said, “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Matt. 23:12).


Gracious God, forgive me when pride and arrogance take root in my heart. Remind me always of my need for you, my limitations apart from your Spirit, and my call to walk in humility and integrity each day. Uproot the stubborn weeds of pride and replace them with the beautiful graces of modesty, patience, compassion, and selfless service after the pattern of Christ. As I humble myself before you and others, I pray that you would exalt me to greater love, joy and wisdom. Guard me from stumbling and guide me into the way of peace. Amen.

Generated Image(s)

Kneeling in prayer, humbly seeking God's grace

Kneeling in prayer, humbly seeking God's grace

This image was generated by AI from the devotion text.