II Chron 32:24-26
24 In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death, and he prayed to the Lord; and He spoke to him and gave him a sign. 25 But Hezekiah did not repay according to the favor shown him, for his heart was lifted up; therefore wrath was looming over him and over Judah and Jerusalem. 26 Then Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the Lord did not come upon them in the days of Hezekiah.
Brokenness in our spirit is an important aspect in every believer’s life. Sometimes God allows this brokenness to deal with our pride. All of us have some resistance in our heart as pride to begin with, and it varies by individual. This resistance can be based on anything, our birth, wealth, intellectual, social status, spiritual status, self-righteous and many other things, which automatically puffs our heart. Pride is a natural enmity against God and it hardens one’s heart. This hardness needs to be broken for the life to emerge out of it. When a prideful heart is subjected to brokenness, two ways it can go. One it hardens our heart to death and the other it humbles our heart to receive grace from our Lord, which is life.
This brokenness is necessary when we are saved by His grace. Many times, if a new believer was not broken at the beginning of his/her spiritual life, he or she will face tough times ahead, because, some of the areas of his/her heart were not broken to repentance. According to Ps 51:17, when our spirit is crushed to repentance because of godly sorrow, God will not despise such a heart. Whatever may be the past, God can give more grace to the heart that was humble and repented because of its brokenness. Sometimes this pride within us will not be visible or recognizable by ourselves. Instead of searching our own heart, let us leave that to God the Holy Spirit to convict us, if we are having any pride lingering in us. In due time He will show us and if we confess and repent from it, He will see to it that we receive the benefit of that humbleness. Let us ask God to break our pride through brokenness and it will yield peaceable fruit of righteousness at the end.
Prov 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.