Being wise is hard when you think you know everything. A perfect example is the purchase of our first car. It was 1988 when we picked out a beautiful, white Pontiac Grand Am. We saw no need to seek advice from parents or friends who had previously purchased cars. We were 18 and 22 and knew everything we needed to know (ha!).
The salesman gave us a smooth line about needing extra insurance that would be added to every payment. In our lack of wisdom the suggestion sounded good so we signed on the dotted line. What a waste of our money, money we struggled to make!
I found a verse in Proverbs this morning that brought MUTLIPLE past incidents to mind. Just four words but such great truth-
“With humility comes wisdom.” Proverbs 11:2
Becoming a wiser person is difficult when pride tells us we know everything. This explains why teens and young 20-somethings often show a lack of wisdom for they know so much already. I can say that because I was one of them, years ago.
However, the older I get the more I realize I don’t know. I’m not talking about keeping up with technology, the latest gadgets, and the newest social media platforms. I’m talking about relationships and day-to-day life.
I think Solomon definitely has something. The more I come to see that I’m not ‘all that’, that the world doesn’t revolve around me, that I don’t know as much as I thought, and the more I seek to live for Christ not me, the more humility I find and the wiser I grow.
Lord, I want a humble heart that honors you. I also need to find more wisdom to be a better wife, mother, teacher, friend, and Christian. According to Solomon this need for wisdom and desire for a humble heart go hand in had. Would you lead me in finding both. And in every step of this path, may you be honored and glorified. Amen