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06/27/2008

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The Problem Of Pride


"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom (Prov. 11:2).

"Wisdom is often nearer when we stoop than when we soar." (William Wordsworth)

Some of the worst times of my life have been when I have had to "eat my words." is there anything more humiliating than not living up to your "own billing?" Pride is the enemy of wisdom. For this reason, anything that stirs up our pride and self-importance is something that will hinder our wisdom. On the other hand, those things that humble us and remind us of our dependence on God are those that increase our wisdom. That which increases pride, contributes to foolishness.

There is some irony in realizing that even more learning can get in the way of real wisdom. Sometimes, the more we learn and know and the wiser we think we are, the less we become. "The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know" (1 Cor. 8:2). earlier Paul advised, "Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a "fool" so that he may become wise" (3:18). The 19th century preacher and author Charles Spurgeon wrote, "The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance."

One more problem with a prideful nature is that it tends to get in the way of our service. It is a general thought that wisdom is what enables people to climb the ladder of success in life. It is only natural to assume that the boss is wiser than the worker. If it wasn't by him working harder as well as smarter, how did he get to that position? There may be some truth in this, but its still a fact that the higher we go, the harder it is to hold on to our wisdom. The servant has an advantage over the master in that he has a better chance to learn from life, simply because the humbler circumstances of life are those from which we can learn the most.(Deut. 8:2-3) Along with that, humble circumstances can keep our minds more open and teachable.

The writer of Ecclesiastes put it this way, "Better a poor but wise youth than an old but foolish king who no longer knows how to take warning" (8:3) Wisdom come from washing the feet of others, not having others wash ours.

Have a great day...Let that light shine for Him.. Love mark Phil. 4:11

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