Marie’s daily verse: For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ROMANS 8:38-39
DAILY DEVOTION, November 28, 2022
Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them (Proverbs 26:12). Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil (Proverbs 3:7).
Solomon often speaks about wisdom and foolishness. In our two verses, he issues a caution. Do not be wise in your own eyes. How do you view yourself? Do you think you are unusually wise? I have three college degrees hanging in my office, so that makes me wise, right? Be careful! True wisdom is a blessing but if you are unusually wise, don’t get all puffed up about it. Whatever wisdom or intelligence you possess is a gift from God. Do not view your wisdom as self-attained.
Solomon says a fool has more hope than you if you see yourself as among the wise! We are to fear and honor God and avoid evil. That is true wisdom. If we become prideful about our intelligence, we must remember that our omnipotent God can take that from us instantly. Pride drives us away from God. Humility draws us near to God. If your IQ is above average, thank God for it. Use your intelligence to serve God. Just don’t let it go to your head!
Father, I thank You for the gifts You have given to me, including whatever wisdom I possess. Guard me against pride. May I use my wisdom in service to You, being careful to avoid all that is evil. In Christ’s holy name, I pray. Amen.