ARROGANCE AND GREED

Scripture Reading: Habakkuk 2:1-5

“Moreover wine is a traitor, an arrogant man who is never at rest. His greed is as wide as Sheol; like death he has never enough. He gathers for himself all nations and collects as his own all peoples.” (Habakkuk 2:5)

God is revealing to Habakkuk how He will deal with the Babylonians. They were a proud and arrogant people who were filled with greed. God tells Habakkuk that He will deal with the Chaldeans; they will face His judgment for sure.

But let’s look at the fundamental problem of pride. God says of proud people — “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him” (v. 2:4a). Proud people are self-righteous people who look down their noses on others. They have an independent, self-sufficient spirit. They compare themselves with others and feel that they are better than they are.

God also calls proud people “an arrogant man who is never at rest” (v. 2:5a). They have to prove that they are always right. They have an independent, fault-finding spirit. They are never satisfied and contented. They want more and more. They try to find their value in their accomplishments. Therefore, they are never at rest. They want to be successful all the time.

Proud people are greedy people — “His greed is as wide as Sheol” (v. 2:5b). They have a demanding spirit and constantly claim their rights. They desire self-advancement. They can never get enough.

Those who live by faith are totally opposite from proud people. They are humble, broken people who recognize their need for a Savior. They are overwhelmed with a sense of their own spiritual need. They are motivated to serve others and delight in giving credit to others rather than claiming it for themselves. They yield their rights and have a meek spirit. In other words, they follow the example of their Savior who said — “For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).

Lord Jesus, forgive me when I get filled with pride. I know it displeases You. I pray for the ability to live my life with humility and meekness. Keep me broken before You and enable me to be a servant of others.

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