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27 Jun

3151A41D-7EC8-43B1-96CE-44A1B888AFEEIt’s amazing how timeless and more meaningful the Bible becomes as time goes on. Today, I was reading Proverbs 27 and I realized that verse 2 is more relevant today than ever in history. In urging humility, King Solomon writes:
“Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger and not your own lips.”
When, in the history of the world, has it ever been more likely that a stranger will praise the average person than now? Through social media and the Internet, any one of us can now receive praise from someone who agrees with us or likes what we have communicated. On the flip side, never before have we been so open to criticism from strangers. But, in the context of this Bible verse is the lesson that God values humility, as His son modeled, and He wants us to be humble.
Yesterday I read: “Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” Proverbs 26:12. Solomon knew that his great wisdom was bestowed upon him by God because he asked God for wisdom and knowledge in order that he could be a good judge over God’s people. Solomon’s request was so pleasing to God that He also threw in “riches, wealth and honor,” such as none of the kings before or after Solomon experienced. 2 Chronicles 1:8-12
On the converse, God is very clear throughout scripture that He hates pride.
“Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; Though they join forces, none will go unpunished.”
Proverbs 16:5
And we can’t forget Proverbs 21:4:
“A haughty look, a proud heart, And the plowing of the wicked are sin,” or that God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. James 4:6
These Bible verses remind me that there is no reason for pride because anything that we have, whether possessions, gifts or talents, is bestowed upon us by God (James 1:17) and He wants us to use what He has given us for His glory.”
According to scripture, the bottom line is, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:31

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