2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom.
We pick up today where we left off yesterday. And just in case you missed Monday’s reflection or forgot our focus in the past 24 hours, let me share two sentences from yesterday’s reflection.
In the words of scholar NT Wright, faith in Christ is not “a kind of spiritual enhancement for our ordinary life but a radical rescue from a life of imminent disaster.”
Without Christ, our lives are unmanageable, our future is defined by insecurity, and our most thoughtful plans are destined for failure.
If this feels like a punch to the gut or you find yourself struggling with these ideas, I want you to know that you are not alone. It does not mean you’re crazy. It means you are a human being and as human beings, this is a struggle we all share to some degree.
Proverbs 11:2 identifies our adversary.
Our readings in The First 15 always come from the NIV (New International Version) translation of the Bible. And if you have no idea what that means, that’s OK. All you need to know is that the Bible was not written in English, but primarily Hebrew and Greek, which means that every Bible in English is a translation from the original language. Here is an example of how another translation renders our verse for today.
“When pride comes, shame is not far behind, but wisdom accompanies those who are humble.”
Perhaps that adds some depth to your understanding today. At the very least, it might be helpful in getting past the defensiveness that pride aggressively fosters within us.
One of the convictions that I shared this past weekend is that without wisdom, you and I cannot help but live according to the beliefs and values of the culture that surrounds us everyday. And for those seeking wisdom, part of the genius of Proverbs 11:2 is identifying wisdom’s partner and closest friend.
If you are searching for wisdom, be on the lookout for humility. Those two are always together. It’s true for those we turn to for the insight we need and it’s true for our own lives as well if wisdom is what we seek to find.
Beware the adversary that is pride. Instead, pursue a deeper relationship with wisdom’s best friend; a humble heart and mind.
Loving God, today I want to again place my trust in you. I confess that I struggle with that and in my fear, I end up placing my trust in things unworthy of that trust. I know that my fear only encourages pride. As I affirm that again today, I ask that you might bless me with faith to fight my fears and nurture the humility that I need. May I live this day and every day in the certain knowledge that you are enough for me. AMEN.
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