Words of Wisdom: Arrogance Demands Loyalty, Proverbs 29:1-4
One who becomes stiff-necked, after many reprimands will be broken suddenly – and without a remedy. When the righteous flourish, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, people groan. A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but one who consorts with prostitutes destroys his wealth. By justice a king brings stability to a land, but a man [who demands] contributions demolishes it. Prov 29:1-4 (HCSB)
Arrogance is a disease that corrupts the person infected and causes others to feel its side effects. The symptoms of arrogance are: the appearance of desiring to stand taller than anyone else around you; head tilted higher than all the others in the room. Likewise, arrogance causes the tightening of the lower lip, which is a sign of man looking for any challengers. The result of such a posture for most men is a stiff-neck, but to the arrogant, they hardly notice that their neck has been stretched out so far. It is ironic too, the more people comment about their arrogance, the more upright and tight-lipped they become.
When the arrogant engage in an argument, they defend their position aggressively, and almost dare anyone to challenge their authority on the matter. Their counselors are paid consorts that soothe and stroke their arrogance, knowing that as long as the one they serve is happy they will be well compensated. They gladly sell themselves off to the arrogance of others because they are not interested in telling the truth, but to becoming richer by not telling the truth.
Sadly, the arrogant find they are spending more than they have and they must resort to demanding from others what they need. Their counselors urge the need for more money because they desire to continue to reap the rewards the arrogance is overflowing upon them.
With the arrogant, justice is not a question of what is right and wrong before the eyes of the Lord, but before the eyes and their hardened heart. The only wisdom found with the arrogant is self-serving wisdom.
There is but one cure for the “arrogance” that infests our world, and that is being vaccinated by the Spirit of God whereby the stiff-neck, tight lip and hardened heart can be softened by the hearing and response to God’s will, God’s ways, and God’s wisdom according to God’s Word. Many an arrogant man has collapsed before the Lord and humbled themselves, and been cleansed of their arrogance, but it must be a willing act of contrition by the arrogant. The disease that infects them will not allow them to be coerced or required to repentance. They must hear and respond to the Lord’s authority to realize the benefit to them and others.
In our world the arrogant thrive, but there is hope! Pray fervently for them, and continue to share the Word of God by the responses that come forth from the hearts of those who genuinely care about seeing a real change come upon the arrogant in their life. The Lord will be faithful… change will come! Either he will be internally changed or externally broken – but either way his arrogance will be removed. Allow the Lord’s will to be done.
For though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became nonsense, and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man, birds, four-footed animals, and reptiles. Therefore God delivered them over in the cravings of their hearts to sexual impurity, so that their bodies were degraded among themselves. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served something created instead of the Creator, who is blessed forever. Â Amen. Romans 1:21-25 (HCSB)