Scripture for Today: Proverbs 3:7 “Do not be wise in your own eyes. Fear the Lord and shun evil.”
The wombat is one strange marsupial. This burrowing animal from Australia carries its young in a pouch facing backwards so as not to get dirt in the young one’s eyes! Their backside is covered with a thick hide impervious to the claws of predators. When chased they will dive into their tunnel with their rump sticking out and stay that way until their predator gives up! They are said to have the largest brain of any marsupial. Maybe that is why a group of them are called a “wisdom.”
Today’s verse is one of many that warn us not to consider ourselves wise. This is a danger as it can lead to the conviction that we know better. This brand of pride considers rules as being for other people to follow and not applying to us. Those that see evil as good, dark as light and bitter as sweet are the same people who are “wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.” (Isaiah 5:21)
It is easy for me to think that wisdom comes from my own schooling or perceived mental prowess. But God’s Word makes clear that the source of wisdom is the Lord. I demonstrate wisdom when I am humble enough to follow and obey Him in every area of my life. But the minute I consider myself wise is the same minute I risk becoming foolish (Prov. 26:12). To become or remain wise is simply the by-product of humble, dependent obedience to my Creator. It is in living life God’s way that there is any possibility of becoming wise.
Thank you Lord, that right relationship with You makes me wise. Keep me humble, submissive and close to You today.