October 24, 2015

Wise to Be Humble

Proverbs: 25:1-7

Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence, and do not claim a place among his great men; it is better for him to say . . . “Come up here,” than for him to humiliate you.

—  Proverbs 25:6-7

Jesus not only knew people’s hearts; he astutely observed their behavior. At a dinner ­hosted at a Pharisee’s house, Jesus noticed how the guests were picking places of honor closest to their host. It sounds a little like going to a wedding reception and seating oneself at the head table with the bride and groom.

Jesus told the clamoring guests a parable about humility that echoes today’s proverb. Applying the lesson, he stated, “All those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (see Luke 14:11). Proverbs 16:18 affirms this: “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”

A wise person understands Jesus’ words as he applied Solomon’s wisdom. A wise person realizes that God’s Word has sufficient guidelines to help us walk in wise ways. This includes not thinking too highly of ourselves. Trumpeting one’s accomplishments gives little honor to those to whom the credit is actually due.

Proverbs proclaims wisdom. It’s all about grace. It’s all about what God accomplishes in us, through us—and, often, despite us. So let’s believe and live by God’s grace!

Our Father, hallowed be your name, not ours; your kingdom come, not ours; and your will be done, not ours. Help us to see ourselves as you see us and to live accordingly. In Christ’s name, Amen.

About the author — George Vink

Pastor George Vink has served as a pastor in the Christian Reformed Church for more than 30 years in British Columbia, Montana, Michigan, and California. He and his wife, Shirley, have four married sons and nine grandchildren.

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