Years ago I used to stop once in a while to visit an aquarium store. One of my favorites was the puffer fish. It looked normal until I put my hand near the glass. It would instantly puff up.
Hidden pride is like that. When someone gets near our hidden emotional pain, we puff up in pride to ward them off. It is all an unconscious reaction.
God’s way is the truth. Therefore any lie opposes His way. James 4:6 says that God resists the proud. Believing that our emotional pain is buried is a lie based in pride. We think we know when we don’t. It may be hidden in our unconscious, but it expresses itself in prideful ways.
Any over reaction is a tell tale sign that someone just exposed your hidden emotional pain. Actually that is great news! In that moment the Lord is giving you a glimpse into what He always sees.
Picture an inflated balloon. Now stick a pin in it and watch it instantly deflate. That is what happens when we confess our sin of pride. It deflates and His grace is there to help us release what He has just exposed. The last part of verse 6 says, “…but gives grace to the humble.”
Proverbs 8:13 says, “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate.” Do you hate your pride? Pride leans on its own understanding. Trust leans on the Lord.