I’m the smartest guy in the room!

“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?

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