I read about myself today. It was in Proverbs 18:2…
“A fool finds no pleasure in understanding
but delights in airing his own opinions”
The minute I read it, I knew God was showing me that I had been a fool recently, when in a conversation with my husband…ON HIS BIRTHDAY…with the rest of my family…including my parents (sorry I was such a dork, Mom and Dad)…I INSISTED that I knew something that I really DID NOT. In fact, I was so sure that I thought I knew what I DIDN’T KNOW that I said confidently, “I am 100% sure!” Well, obviously, WHEN I WAS PROVEN WRONG, I found that I really wasn’t even 1% sure of my previously aired opinion, and I felt like the fool that I had actually portrayed.
This kind of thing happens to me when I decide that I AM RIGHT and EVERYONE ELSE IS LESS SUPERIOR THAN MYSELF. And it happens when I AM FOCUSING ON ME AND MY WORLD AND THE STUFF I THINK I KNOW. And it happens when I FORGET THAT I AM SUPPOSED TO HIDE MYSELF IN JESUS AND LET HIM LIVE HIS LIFE THROUGH ME.
Really, folks, I have no business in drawing attention to myself, no business in bringing myself glory, because as I learned with the children when they were small, MAN’S CHIEF END IS TO “BRING GLORY TO GOD AND TO ENJOY HIM FOREVER!” (Heidelberg Catechism). This kind of leaves me and my ‘100% sures’ out of the equation.
Next time I am tempted to jump into a conversation just to show WHAT I AM SURE OF, or to correct someone that I KNOW is wrong, I think I will remember another proverb I read recently and take it to heart:
“Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.”
And all the people said, “AMEN!”