Friday, June 12, 2020

Fighting Pride While Choosing Wisdom

By: Sarah Geringer 

Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.
    Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.

Then you will have healing for your body
    and strength for your bones.

Proverbs 3:7-8 NLT

The internet is a powerful blessing. We can use it for instruction, enlightenment, and connection. I remember how exciting it was to learn to use it in the mid-1990's, as a college freshman.

Only 25 years ago, you still had to go to the library to use the internet. Now, even children have instant access to it at their fingertips, with the proliferation of smartphones and other devices.

The danger in constant access to the internet is a leaning toward self-sufficiency. We can search for anything and find it in seconds. 

At times I've depended on it too heavily, and forgotten to go to God first. It's easy to let pride take over when you feel like you have all the answers sitting right there.

We are living in a time when humility is becoming rarer and pride is becoming more common.

"Don't be impressed with your own wisdom." The truth is, all our knowledge and wisdom comes from God. I love Isaiah 55:9 and think of it often when pride tempts me:

"For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts."

Today's verses hold promise for us. If we fear God (hold him in reverence) and turn from evil, we will have healing and strength (Prov. 3:8). 

Everyone wants healing from their hurts. Everyone wants to be stronger. God says we must surrender our pride and walk in humility to receive this promise.

If God has entrusted you with a specific area of wisdom, use that wisdom with humility.

Questions for you:
How is the internet a blessing to you? How does it tempt you toward being prideful?

What are you doing to cultivate humility in your heart?

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