'When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.'
The book of James quotes another scripture in Proverbs; 'God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble.' Also in Proverbs is 'Pride goes before destruction...' (16:18).
When I was reading this verse and the idea of pride coming before disgrace and before destruction, and that God opposes the proud I was struck - no dumbfounded by where my thoughts went with this verse:
Do you remember the grade school outside game, Red Rover? I asked my boys if they knew that game (I wondered if they still played the game). They do!!
This is what I thought of: Satan calls out 'Red Rover, Red Rover send pride over.' Pride runs toward Satan's battle lines. Pride is heading straight for disgrace. Disgrace is locked arms with destruction. Disgrace and destruction hold on and consume Pride. So Pride takes its place between disgrace and destruction on the side of Satan.
On the opposite battle line is God. God calls out, 'Red Rover, Red Rover send humility over.' Satan is happy to let go of humility because humility weakens his line of battle. Humility runs straight for wisdom and grace. Humility gets engulfed by wisdom and grace.
It may be all fun and games - until Pride causes hurt, destruction, and disgrace. All too often destruction consumes the proud and takes everyone around with him, and he is disgraced.
Leave pride behind. Humble yourself.