Theme: Fighting against pride.
1. Proverbs 11:2 says, “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” What is pride? Why does God detest pride so much? What’s so bad about being proud?
2. Daniel 4 tells about a great king named Nebuchadnezzar who ruled over a vast empire. He was a powerful king full of pride about the things he had and the things he had done, and he didn’t acknowledge that God had given him all these things. God was unhappy about King Nebuchadnezzar’s pride, and sent him a dream to warn him about what would happen to him. Daniel explained the dream to King Nebuchadnezzar … and what happened in the dream came true! God brought this proud man down low—so low he was living in the wild and eating grass like an ox. Think of how pride can hurt you as you listen to this episode.
“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom”
A: He blackmails them: if they let him play, he'll get them an audition for the festival
A: They turned down the volume on his guitar so he couldn't be heard when the band played
In this episode, several characters were affected negatively by their pride. What is pride? Pride is the attitude that we don't need God and that we’re doing great all by ourselves. It's almost like you’re telling God, "Go take a hike. I've got everything under control, and I don't need you. I don't want you around."
Why is a prideful attitude so offensive to God? Think about it: God made us. He gave us the abilities to think, to feel, to act. When we aren’t grateful for what he has given us, or when we think that who we are has nothing to do with him, we’re acting like spoiled brats. Who wants to be around an arrogant little kid?
It's a good thing for us that God doesn't reject us, even when he totally rejects our pride. In fact, God has sent us a helper. The Holy Spirit nudges us when we are feeling proud. If we confess our pride to God, he is quick to forgive us and to help us with self-control and humility.
Pride leads us away from God. Pride leads us toward destruction, hurt feelings, and embarrassment. Stay far away from pride!
Set up a soft obstacle course using pillows and blankets. Blindfold yourself (or your family members) and try to work your way through the course. Discuss as a family how pride can make you blind to your sin and weaknesses, but being humble gives us wisdom.