“Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.” Isaiah 5:21.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Isaiah 4-5, Psalm 115-116, and Jude.
I guess that covers most of us!
There are times when I listen to someone who is really smart, and I realize it.
In other places, I think that I have life figured out. Most situations, I suspect, I could find a way to handle.
BUT God, in today’s verse, does not want us to think of ourselves as wise/clever in our own eyes. What does God want? He wants our wisdom and cleverness to be an offshoot of our relationship to Him.
I have nothing good that He hasn’t given me. I have a life-time of good gifts.
I have done nothing to warrant His favor. Yet He gives freely.
How do I foolishly respond? Claim credit for the gift. Act as if I deserved it. Forget His part entirely. How can I possibly miss His involvement? It is scandalous behavior on my part.
“Lord, forgive me for my arrogance. I am nothing and have nothing apart from You. I am merely a caretaker of Your provisions to me. I cannot claim ownership without completely missing You in what I have. I confess now my need for You. I admit now that I have ignored You and forsaken You. I want to live in union with You. I want my ways to be Your Ways. I open myself to You now. Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”
Where did you get your smarts from?