But when he became strong, he grew arrogant and it led to his own destruction. He acted unfaithfully against the LORD his God by going into the LORD’s sanctuary to burn incense on the incense altar. – 2 Chronicles 26:16
“But when [Uzziah] became strong, he grew arrogant and it led to his own destruction.” As with king Uzziah, why does arrogance usually lead to loss? At the core of an arrogant spirit, one will usually find a strong faith in self. Confidence, which might be defined as faith in yourself, can sometimes lead to an independent spirit. While independence is often applauded, it can also become the enemy of dependence on God and His wisdom. Such an independent … arrogant … spirit, when it comes to our relationship with the Lord, will almost always lead to our downfall and ultimate destruction.
You can be faithful to yourself or you can be faithful to God. Faithfulness to God demands death to self and death to self does not come easy. Paul said that he was crucified with Christ (forensically), but the struggle to crucify the flesh was continuous. Pride absolutely goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall, but faith in Christ destroys pride, disallows a haughty spirit, and prohibits this predicted fall from occurring.
To remain faithful, your pride must always be dying.
The truest characters of ignorance are vanity and pride and arrogance. – Samuel Butler