THE PROPHETIC PRELUDE OF EVIL
By Charles H. Spurgeon
'Before destruction the heart of man is haughty.'
It is an old and common saying, that 'coming events cast their shadows
before them;' the wise man teaches us that a haughty heart is the prophetic
prelude of evil.
Pride is as safely the sign of destruction as the change of mercury in the
weather-glass is the sign of rain; and far more infallibly so than that --- when
men have ridden the high horse, destruction has always overtaken them.
Let David's aching heart show that there is an eclipse of a man's glory
when he dotes upon his own greatness. 2 Sam. 24:10
See Nebuchadnezzar, the mighty builder of Babylon, creeping on the earth,
devouring grass like oxen, until his nails had grown like bird's claws, and his hair
like eagle's feathers.
Daniel 4:33 - Pride made the boaster a beast, as once before it made an angel a devil.
God hates high looks, and never fails to bring them down. All the arrows of
God are aimed at proud hearts. O Christian, is thine heart haughty? For pride can
get into the Christian's heart as well as into the sinner's; it can delude him into
dreaming that he is 'rich and increased in goods, and hath need of nothing.'
Art thou glorying in thy graces or thy talents? Art thou proud of thyself, that thou
hast had holy frames and sweet experiences?
Mark thee, reader, there is a destruction coming to thee also. Thy flaunting
poppies of self-conceit will be pulled up by the roots, thy mushroom graces will
wither in the burning heat, and thy self-sufficiency shall become as straw for the
dunghill. If we forget to live at the foot of the cross in deepest lowliness of spirit,
God will not forget to make us smart under His rod.
A destruction will come to thee, O unduly exalted believer, the destruction
of thy joys and of thy comforts, though there can be no destruction of thy soul.
Wherefore, 'He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.'
Yours in Christ,
Paul N. F.