“He who neglects discipline despises himself, But he who listens to reproof acquires understanding. The fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom, And before honor comes humility.” (15:32-33)
Chapter 15 has a lot to do with the wise accepting discipline and the fool rejecting it. We all want to be born right, but that is never the case. The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the LORD, which presupposes humility. It all starts, continues and ends with humility.
Humility isn’t self deprivation, it’s an honest look at God and yourself.
“The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.” (16:9)
In all our efforts we cannot control life’s outcomes. I’ve had many plans, expectations, goals and dreams throughout my life and I never would have imagined my steps would lead me here. I love it.
Being proud is human. It feels correct to believe in ourselves and be confident, but:
“Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.” (16:18)
“There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” (16:25)
Confidence must be in the LORD. Lately, I’ve been singing to myself an old song:
“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ the solid rock I stand! All other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is sinking sand.”
I feel under a lot of pressure. My next steps in life are daunting. I AM IN OVER MY HEAD. So I must daily set Christ at the center. I must stand on Him. Not my cleverness, friends, connections, good luck, blah blah blah. HIM! All other ground is sinking sand.
Let’s take an honest inventory of our hearts and weed out some pride, today. We need Him for Everything. He is the only sustainer.