Have you ever tried to be a know-it-all?
Proverbs 3:7. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
Solomon wants his kids to be wise, but he doesn’t want them to be wise in their own eyes? The fear of the Lord (trusting God) makes us wise, not our own knowledge of things. Why not? Because none of us really knows everything. We might think we do, but we don’t. When we think we know everything or that we can figure everything out, we will forget God and become proud. And pride is the biggest sin of all, because it puts us in the place of God. In facts, all the problems in the world come from the sin of being wise in our own eyes. That was the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden when they are the fruit of knowledge rather than listening to God. You see, true wisdom never comes from inside of us, but only from outside of us – from God.
Are you wise in your own eyes? Do you listen to others? Do you take advice? Are you teachable? Do you argue with others about what you think you know is right? Do you listen to people who disagree with you? Do you tell others what to do as if you know better? Do you go around correcting others? Are you a know-it-all? Are you proud?
Trusting Jesus can cure us of this great sin. How? Because when we know that Jesus had to come to earth to save us, that humbles us and proves that none of us knows everything, none of us is wiser than God. And when we look at the cross and see how loved we are, then we know that we don’t have to be proud and prove how smart we are all the time.
Because of Jesus we can trust God’s wisdom not our own.
With Jesus we don’t have to be a know-it-all.
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As you gather to read these devotions make it a practice to be good listeners to each other. Quick to listen – Slow to speak (James 1:19).
Jesus, I don’t want to be proud. Help me to listen and learn from others and mostly from you. Amen.
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