Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 8, 2017

“Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.”

Today’s devotion comes from Proverbs 26:1-12.

“Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest,
So honor is not fitting for a fool.
2 Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying,
So a curse without cause does not alight.
3 A whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,
And a rod for the back of fools.
4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
Or you will also be like him.
5 Answer a fool as his folly deserves,
That he not be wise in his own eyes.
6 He cuts off his own feet and drinks violence
Who sends a message by the hand of a fool.
7 Like the legs which are useless to the lame,
So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
8 Like one who binds a stone in a sling,
So is he who gives honor to a fool.
9 Like a thorn which falls into the hand of a drunkard,
So is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
10 Like an archer who wounds everyone,
So is he who hires a fool or who hires those who pass by.
11 Like a dog that returns to its vomit
Is a fool who repeats his folly.
12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.”  Proverbs 26:1-12.


What is “a man wise in his own eyes”?

This man trusts himself rather than trusts God.

This man trusts his own thoughts rather than trusts God’s Word.

Be humble.  Trust God’s Word as to what is right and true rather than trusting your own desires and feelings as to what is right and true.

“Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.”  Proverbs 3:7.

We see people being wise in their own eyes in their failure to believe God’s salvation.  When confronted with God’s Word that God “… has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.”  Romans 9:18, they trust their own thoughts and feelings, rather than God’s Word.  “That is not fair!”:  they think.  They choose their own plan of salvation based on their own thoughts and their own feelings.  Often, their own plan of salvation is based on a combination of their belief in free-will, their own works, and their own wisdom.  They do not trust and accept God’s Word as to what He declares is His salvation.

“For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;  but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.  But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”  1 Corinthians 1:26-31.


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