Arrogance is an insidious deceiver creeping into hearts stealthily and arrogant people rarely recognize it is happening. Isn’t it true? Think about someone you know who is arrogant; do they own up to it? NEVER!
When I was in the business world I once read a popular book on body language designed to help you better understand your boss, co-worker or client. The book said that a tip off to arrogance was someone who held their hands in a kind of tent position with the index fingers often extended like a steeple. I started to watch for it and I came to admit it was a pretty accurate sign.
Arrogance is setting yourself a step above your fellow man. You are a little wiser than the next guy, a little more discerning, smarter, a better decision maker – breathing the more rarified air in the upper echelons of humanity.
But then along comes God and puts the smart-alecky attitude into perspective. “The arrogance of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rock, in the loftiness of your dwelling place, who say in your heart, ‘who will bring me down to earth'” (Obadiah 1:3)?
He must laugh when we build our life high up where we feel we can’t be touched. “‘Though you build high and like the eagle, though you set your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,’ declares the Lord” (Verse 4).
Better to backtrack down that mountain of arrogance than be knocked off it by God. If anyone wants to be recognized as someone truly a step above their fellow man they can try this: “Before honor comes humility” (Psalms 15:33).