When men have ridden the high horse

(Charles Spurgeon)

"I hate pride and arrogance!" Proverbs 8:13

"Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before
 a fall." Proverbs 16:18

The wise man teaches us that a haughty heart is the
prophetic prelude of a downfall. When men have ridden
the high horse
, destruction has always overtaken them.

See Nebuchadnezzar, the mighty builder of Babylon,
creeping on the ground, devouring grass like oxen,
until his nails had grown like bird's claws, and his hair
like eagle's feathers. Pride made the boaster a beast;
as once before it made an angel a devil.

God hates proud looks, and never fails to bring them down!

All the arrows of God are aimed at proud hearts!

O Christian, is your heart haughty? Are you glorying in your
graces or your abilities? Are you proud of yourself, that you
have had holy frames and sweet experiences? Mark it, there
is a destruction coming to you also! Your 'flaunting poppies
of self-conceit' will be pulled up by the roots! Your 'mushroom
graces' will wither in the burning heat! Your self-sufficiency
shall become as straw for the ash-heap!

If you forget to live at the foot of the cross in deepest
lowliness of spirit, God will chasten you with His rod. A
destruction will come to you, O exalted believer--the
destruction of your joys and of your comforts, though
there can be no destruction of your soul.

"The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of
this: They will not go unpunished." Proverbs 16:5