Wise in Our Own Eyes?

One of my Small Groups has been walking together through the book of Proverbs. And I’ve been thinking a lot about some of the advice offered in this wonderful book.  Proverbs is filled with simple wisdom that, while it might not make your life perfect, will really help to steer your life in a healthy manner.

This past week, we were reading through Proverbs 3 and verses 3-7 have really resonated with me all week. Listen to what they say:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.

So much good stuff here. We could spend a long time looking at this. But to me, it is some thing in the beginning and in the end that have stuck with me.

Trust in Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.  And then in verse 7, be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn from evil.

Our wisdom, our ability to make wise choices, our very strength, it doesn’t come from ourselves. It doesn’t come from our own smarts, our own mind, our own power, our own “anything.”

Be not wise in your own eyes – turn to God.

Today, that thing you are dealing with. That choice you are trying to make. That struggle you are having, that thing that is robbing your sleep – have you given it to God?

Have you really sought His wisdom?  Have you really given it to Him?

Or, have you made the mistake that I make a lot – coming up with a plan and then asking God to bless that plan.  Instead of listening first to His voice.

Today, have you taken time to listen?  Have you taken time to really seek His will and His voice?  Have you humbled yourself to realize that you (nor I) don’t have all the answers? Only He has the answers.

And we can’t hear that truth until we humble ourselves and turn to Him.

Today, lean not on your own understanding. Turn to Him. Listen to Him. Seek Him. Find His knowledge, strength and wisdom.

Be not wise in your own eyes.  And in His wisdom and truth, we will find true life.

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One thought on “Wise in Our Own Eyes?

  1. I love the promise in Verse 8; that is life to your navel and marrow to your bones. Thank you for your teaching on how we make plans and then ask God to bless that plan without seeking His will. Submission leads to Life.

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