January 11, 2010
“Get Over Yourself”
Reading: Gen 24:52-26:16, Mt 8:18-34, Psalm 10:1-15, Proverbs 3:7-8
S – Scripture: “
Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.” Proverbs 3:7
O – Observation:
“Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.” If that don’t slap you in the face! Basically, ‘get over yourself.’ This is how I read this verse. It’s funny cause often I hear people talk about themselves and they’re so impressed with their knowledge that everything is about themselves – some call it call it self-promotion. How else would people know what I’m doing so that I can be promoted or get business or get attention. I don’t think it’s wrong to tell others about what you know, it’s called “sharing knowledge” – if it’s done in a way to help and edify others. However if all a person does is talk about how great, smart, etc they are – then they may be saying, “I don’t need God cause I know everything.” This proverb is saying, fear God – you aren’t that wise! When we do things on our own and succeed, it’s easy to say, it’s cause I know what I’m doing. It’s easy to say I trust in God when you have money, training, head knowledge to do something you believe God lead you to do. But it takes faith to move a mountain that you know you can’t do on your own.
A – Application:
I love my long-term missionary friends. They are truly people of faith and servants of God and His people. The many people who I have met through the years who live on very little in foreign countries, where they may or may not know the language, don’t know where they will sleep or when they will eat – they are just called to do God’s work by serving others – these same missionaries also never say, “look at all I have done” – they say, “look at what God is doing.” I’m humbled and reminded that these missionaries could have had a much easier life if they just said no, I was trained to do such and such so why would I go to a foreign land and serve people who won’t know who I am or what I sacrificed for serve them.
It’s one thing to be book smart, another to be street smart, but do we promote ourselves a little too much? I think as long as it’s done with humility, not overly boisterous, then I’m striving to do as this proverb is instructing us to do.
P – Prayer:
Father I ask for forgiveness of my sins. That I never feel that I am better then others. That I am humbled by your servants example to me and that I be a servant to you Father God. That I be given an opportunity to be a witness for you. That you are a shining light within me.