Thoughts on the topic of humility from the book of wisdom.
In the midst of the daily grind, when all the voices are yelling at you about asserting yourself and taking control and being confident, the message sometimes becomes garbled. To be confident is definitely not an attribute that is to be rejected, but that the confidence needs to be in the right place.
God is our strength, and as the day starts, I look to Him for strength. I have a certain area I like to walk prior to going into the office, that is my place to ask for help during the day.
You see, I have begun a new chapter in my career, and to be honest, it scares the heck out of me. New responsibilities, new relationships, new levels of ignorance (on my part) that seem to overwhelm me.
Why am I speaking thus?
I am speaking this way, since 83.4% of my struggles are in relation to my pride in the work place. I fear failure, to the point of paralysis, and because of that my thoughts are clouded and my interactions with others are not as fruitful as possible.
Then along comes the book of Proverbs, with multitudinous volumes of instruction on proper living. The instruction that has helped me most in the past few months is the instruction on humility, and I have found that my confidence is rising as I admit my weakness, my ignorance and my inability to God first, but also to those around me .
Check out a few verses with me.
3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
What is pride if it doesn’t include the self wisdom we dabble in, the ability we have to figger things out. Don’t be self wise, but fear the Lord, and in that fearing, you and I will naturally pull away from evil
3:34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.
Oh to find grace in the eyes of the Lord, to experience grace on a daily occurrence. If you are currently not experiencing grace in your life, if life is difficult and seems to contain sandpaper pillows, consider the pride factor in your life. Grace is the environment a lowly person inhabits. A lowly person seeks not to require their own way, or to argue just for the sake of winning. No no no. A lowly person will state truth, stand on the truth, but arguing over the truth doesn’t seem to be in the lowly persons toolbox of life skills.
Quick question. When do we find Jesus arguing with His disciples or the Sanhedrin or the Pharisees or the ….. He stated truth, laid it out, made His claim and left it for all to receive or reject.
11:2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
How ofter has wisdom come up in the past few posts. It seems to be a common refrain in my thought, that is my severe lack of wisdom in my daily life. Carl – consider attitudes of pride in your life, for where pride cometh…..
A few more verses for your reading pleasure. Consider the wisdom and grace of a humble life. So many benefits and such a proper position to be in when we consider our Maker. Would you not agree?
16:19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.
20:6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?
22:4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.
25:27 It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.
27:2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
29:23 A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
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