If you’ve ever followed boxing, then I’m sure you’ve heard of Roy Jones Jr. Roy Jones Jr. has been called the best fighter, pound-for-pound, and he’s known for his confidence in the ring. He was so sure of his skills, that at times, he paraded around the ring with his hands behind his back. But, Antonio Tarver had a cure for his pride: he defeated him by KO in the second of twelve rounds in 2005. Roy Jones Jr. is a witness that “pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18, New Living Translation).
Just as Antonio Tarver was the remedy for Roy Jones Jr., so God has a way of bringing us down a notch. God specializes in bringing us back down to earth whenever our heads get too big for our bodies. For the Israelites, problems were the remedy. God told them that trouble was a sign that they had become proud. But, the good news is, recovery was as simple as humbling themselves. If they humbled themselves and prayed, God will reverse the curse.
Maybe the madness in your life is a sign that you’ve become a little too independent. I encourage you to humble yourself, and watch God straighten out the mess in your life.
For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted (Luke 14:11, New Living Translation)