Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’ ” Pharaoh said, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD and I will not let Israel go.” Exodus 5:1-2
Thus begins the classic struggle between God and the stubborn pride of man. Pharaoh’s pride is reminiscent of another high ranking being, Satan. Hear it from Isaiah 14:13-14: You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”
Our pride can be a driver to accomplish great things, often producing the highest quality product. But, uncontrolled pride can lead to the destruction that befell Pharaoh and Satan. Keep your pride subject to the Lord’s will. With the Lord in control your pride will be a blessing and not a curse, a strength and not a weakness.