Does the failure or fall of another bring mercy or mirth to your countenance?
Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him. (Proverbs 24:17-18 KJV)
When an enemy falls or fails in a big way a natural response might be to feel satisfaction or pleasure in another man’s failure. That kind of response does not line up with God’s instruction book for life. Finding gratification in the failure of another person is a selfish and arrogant response that displeases God like standing on top of a mountain while watching another person fall into a deep valley.
A godly response rests at the other end of the spiritual spectrum. God’s Word reminds us to have mercy and unconditional love for others and take heed not letting our own current good circumstances inflate our countenance and demeanor but to remember it is only by God’s grace and mercy that we are in a good way; not because of something we did or deserve for our own brief rest upon a mountain top. If mankind got exactly what we deserve we would be permanent residents of Hell.
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18 KJV)
Conditions in this world are fleeting and ever-changing and man’s current surroundings can change in the blink of an eye. Man can find himself swiftly removed from a mountain top landing tumbling into a dry valley at any moment for a variety of reasons including the presence of sin and disobedience, God’s wrath, the hand of the devil, or an opportunity for growth and maturity through refining fire of a heated situation.