Wise Up? Or Wise Down!?
Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.
I am wise in my own eyes …
1. When I don’t pause to pray for God’s guidance on a decision.
2. When I fail to depend on God’s word and approach it as a daily “lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Ps. 119:105)
3. When I assume a decision doesn’t need a second opinion, and I don’t take the time to ask trusted friends for counsel.
4. When I am critical of another person’s practice or perspective without taking the time to understand it and ask questions.
5. When I am lax in fleeing temptation, assuming that I’m adult enough to “handle it.”
6. When I do something right and fail to acknowledge before God that it is only his grace that allowed me to do it right.
7. When I pat myself on the back about knowledge I have that I learned from someone else.
8. When I don’t draw out, or seek to understand, a person who is bringing criticism (whether or not it’s being brought constructively).
9. When I assume that the truth of a sermon is for someone else, not my own life.
10. When I neglect to consistently plead to God for his wisdom.
Until I see God and fear him, I cannot see myself rightly. When my view of him is clouded, when I’m a functional atheist, I will trust and applaud my own wisdom. But when I rightly fear God—when I see him for who he is as the all-seeing, all-powerful Holy One to whom I will answer—I will see myself as weak, dependent, and in need of heavenly wisdom. When I fear God, I will shun the evil of pride and self-sufficiency. (HT: Josh Harris, Sovereign Grace Ministries)
Here are a couple of my own:
I am wise in my own eyes when I think what this world has to offer is better or more desirous than His riches in glory.
I am wise in my own eyes when I prefer my paper mache crown over the one He's promised me in gold.
How about you? How are you wise in your own eyes?