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Proverbs 3.5-7, 30.8-9 – Wisdom
Posted: 16 June 2010 in Proverbs

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Not to be wise in our own eyes is a recommendation to be found scattered throughout the Bible, in more or less explicit form. It occurs several times in Proverbs. Wisdom lies in not setting ourselves up as a judge of what God has got to say for himself. Obviously some account must be taken of the cultural context with which the biblical texts were written; otherwise Christians today would still not be having any problems with slavery. Nevertheless, once due allowance has been made for that, when God speaks, it is for us to listen. It matters not whether what is being said can be fully understood by us, nor whether we like what we are hearing.

Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.

We are wise also if we rely upon God’s providence, and to accept as best for us whatever he has ordained for our life. However, that is not to be misunderstood, and it gives nobody a licence to care less for the plight of the poor and disadvantaged. It means only that we, in our own lives, must be submissive to God’s will for us.

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