Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The Arrogance Equation.

I was reading in Proverbs 13 today and decided to blog on this verse: (v.10)
Through presumption comes nothing but strife,
but with those who receive counsel is wisdom.
It is pretty much self-explanatory, but a couple things to add to your meditation: The word 'presumption' in the NASB has the idea of insolence, pride or arrogance. How often we stubbornly refuse to listen to anyone else's thoughts on a matter. How often we assume to have it all together, or know it all. The end result invariably will be some sort of disagreement, dispute or discussion that no doubt will leave bitter feelings, anger or harsh words.
On the other hand we have humility demonstrated by asking for counsel. Too many people fear that this petition for advice makes them 'look' like they don't have it all together, are inferior somehow or just plain ignorant of life. I have counseled many that have actually stated that they were embarrassed to seek counsel for that very reason. What a deception of Satan! We should eagerly seek the Godly counsel of those wise men and women that God has placed in our lives!!
My encouragement to you (and me) is to humbly seek the Godly wisdom that God has sovereignly placed in our lives and not be so arrogant so as to assume that we know it all. Its an equation that quickly reduces the conflict in our lives!
Arrogance = Conflict and Humility = Wisdom.

Now, go let this simple truth impact your life!

God bless.

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