There is nothing into which the heart of man so easily falls as pride. And yet there is no vice which is more frequently, more emphatically, and more eloquently condemned in Scripture.
– C. Spurgeon
Despite his personal achievements, Paul reminds us in Philippians 3 that we are to have “no confidence in the flesh.” Our only confidence is in the righteousness that comes by faith.
While affirming this is easy, living it can be a challenge. The problem is that when I overcome the pride in my own accomplishments, I find myself struggling to not be proud of my humility. Call it the “ambush of pride.”
Often in battle, one army will draw another into an ambush by seeming to be defeated. In retreat, they pull the enemy into an indefensible position where another part of their forces can attack and defeat them. What seemed to be certain victory became the cause of a terrible defeat.
Beware the ambush of pride. Just when you think you’ve won the battle, the victory you achieve can become the source of your defeat. Have “no confidence in the flesh.”