Friday Morning Reflections – Wisdom Literature
A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion. (Proverbs 18:2)
It’s All About Me
There are some folk you have to be careful when you talk of them; you talk of the one whom they love. Self-absorbed people are quick to discuss their superiority or importance with others. Life is filled with the “me syndrome” dotted with the “I’s” of who they are, what they are and where they have been. You have been in a crowd of people where the discussion becomes a jousting match of who can top the other with greater achievements or intellect or prowess or self-believed beauty. It’s a feast of me, me, and more me.
The angels must have a sense of humor because whenever man (made a little lower than the angels) exalts his heart in pride they must be amused. Tiny, puny little men running around a tiny rock three places from the sun think they are the greatest thing in the universe. It might be well to know the earth is not the center of our galaxy and our galaxy is not even in the center of our universe. That is why man becomes a fool when he believes he knows everything rejecting the wisdom of others.
Earlier the wise man reminded man that destruction will follow a man of pride. It is as sure as the law of gravity. When a person becomes haughty in their spirit against others he will only last for so long before crashing into his own demise. Silly isn’t it? Sadly this should never be the spirit of the Christian. It is one thing to look upon those who do not believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and see their pride. When a Christian exhibits this attitude it denies the confession made they believe Jesus is Lord, not them. Our covenant with God the Father is that we have given up all rights to His Son. Our wisdom comes from Him and Him alone. Pride has no place in my life as God’s child because nothing I will ever do can measure up to the wisdom of my Lord nor will I be able to repay the debt I owe him. Christian’s who think more of themselves than others deny the Lord.
Where do church troubles come from? Why do brethren fail to get along so often? What happens when matters become more about ME instead of JESUS CHRIST? Husbands refuse to love their wives because they are filled with themselves. Wives reject the command of God to submit to their husbands because they have no delight in honoring God. Brethren fight and squabble from a spirit of pride that destroys fellowship. Examples of Christians are blighted from those who demand everyone pay attention to them instead of God.
The Christian is a servant. The Christian is a slave. The Christian is a humble person. The Christian is not about ME but about HIM. The Christian owes everything he has and who he is to GOD. Folks, we have nothing to brag about! Because of you and because of me Jesus had to die on the cross and that is nothing to be proud of. Shame on us when we think more of ourselves than what we are. God bless us with hearts of humility of love. Thank you God for giving us something we did not deserve. We can never repay You. Let us dear Lord live not in our own understanding but bathe ourselves with the cleansing power of Your greatest gift.
Of all the marvelous works of the Deity perhaps there is nothing that the angels behold with such supreme astonishment as a proud man. (C. C. Colton, Lacon, 1820)