Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 18
Verse 12: “Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, and before honor is humility.”
What came first, the chicken or the egg? It’s been a so-called dilemma all my life. Actually, the Greek philosopher, Plutarch (ploo-tark) posed the question in the 1st century. Because chickens come from eggs and eggs come from chickens, the "Chicken-and-egg" is a symbol for situations where it is not apparent which of two events should be the cause and which should be considered the effect. In 2016, Time Magazine published an article concluding the egg came first. Bible scholars conclude the chicken came first. Does it really matter? Maybe not, but there are some before and after sequences that should get our undivided attention. Consider today’s “gold nugget that says, “Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, and before honor is humility.”
Today’s truth is a reoccurring concern, in Proverb 16:18 we read, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Pride does come before ethe fall, but the prideful doesn’t see his fall, he assumes someone tripped him. He concerns himself with his honor and doesn’t associate the foretold fall as his undoing. The bible teaches a different approach, if the man wasn’t consumed with being honored, but walked humble, the result would be a stable journey accompanied with honor. Our mindset will have intended or unintended consequences. Let’s walk intentionally in humility and let God handle the honor.
Lord, help me to be focused on walking in humility. If I seek honor, I will fall. If I seek you, it will be found honorable. Amen