Mr. Know-it-All

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 26

Gold Nugget
Verse 12: 
Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Once a wise elder was asked, “Sir, do you know everything?” He replied, “No, lad. I’m much too old to know everything.” The truth could not have been better said… (outside of scripture anyway). The scriptures actually deal with this subject at length. Those of us that have lived long enough will attest to the truth that the longer we live and the more we know, the more we realize just how much we don’t know. It’s unfortunate that we didn’t realize how little we actually knew while we thought we knew everything. It could have saved us a lot of heartache. The most dangerous element of knowledge is the fact that it comes before wisdom and not after. The truth is, you can have knowledge and not yet posses the wisdom to know how to administer it. Most of us act on our attainment of knowledge as it arrives. The appropriate order is to attain knowledge, then understanding, followed by wisdom (how to properly apply what you know and understand). The sum of all this can be reached through one of the most basic Christian principles –humility. Humility is a required element of every Christian. You will either be humble or be humbled. I have prayed on several occasions that the Lord teach me humility without me having to be humiliated. I’ve had it both ways, and He will oblige me either. In the end, I will be humble. Part of being humble is to know what you don’t know. Some of the wisest people I know aren’t necessarily overflowing with knowledge as much as humility. The people that have a clear understanding of what they know and what they don’t are some of the most valuable people to gain counsel from. Pride will not interfere with their position. They are not wise in their own eyes. As today’s “gold nugget” says, Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. Many of us have too much pride to be able to even see the application in this passage for us today. We are more likely to see this illustration and picture in our minds the unfortunate fool that we know who fit this description. In that, we miss an opportunity to see room for our personal growth. Let us be humble today or be humbled tomorrow. May the Lord teach us humility today or humiliation tomorrow.

Lord, I have been around long enough to be able to look back and realize how wrong I was when I thought I was most right. Help me to be slower to assume I am right and give space for you to show me what the truth is. In this, I will be able to walk in wisdom and humility. Amen

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