Book: Proverbs 3
“Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.”
This proverb reminds me of the Bible story where Jesus sent His disciples out, two by two, to proclaim the Kingdom of God is near and for them to heal the sick. On their return the disciples were so excited to share with Jesus the power they had experienced. They said to Him, “Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!” (Luke 10:17). Jesus acknowledges that and confirmed He was the one who had given the authority and power for them to do these things, but then he says, “…don’t rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in heaven.” All the power and wisdom we might have or use is actually His and that should not be our focus or confidence. The fact that He has saved us and we are His, is what we rejoice in.
Jesus has brought us into His Kingdom and has chosen to work through us, not because of any good in us but because of who He is. He has given us all the wisdom and power we need to accomplish what He has for us to do. It is His work, His resources and His plan. Without Him we can accomplish nothing of value in the Kingdom. Using His resources, doing it his way, on His time schedule will bring great glory and honor to Him and we will be blessed for being partners in His work.
Pride and arrogance can quickly invade one’s life when credit is inappropriately taken. The result is the authority and power that God wants to be used, is shelved, being replaced with self-reliance, which is a form of pride. Then when things are not working out there is confusion why God is not blessing. The reality in this situation is that God was left out.
One of the dangers we face is that when God does something through us we assume that that is the pattern to follow in the future. The reason of the danger is that we rely on our own skills of how it was done last time instead of asking Him how He wants to do it. We become impressed with how “we did it last time” and therefore don’t need Him this time.
Once again, we are called to fear the Lord, rely on Him and not be impressed with ourselves. Take time to recommit yourself to the Lord and His ways. Ask Him to lead you through every decision and situation today and tell Him that you want Him and that you want to rely on His wisdom not your own.