Be Not Wise In Thine Own Eyes

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Those of us in Lynchburg are very familiar with the bumper sticker “Not I But Christ”.  I’m one of those people that don’t put religious bumper stickers on my car because I’m an impatient and terrible driver… if someone read that on my bumper I wouldn’t want them to blame Christ for my behind the wheel behavior.   But this is so indicative of how I often view my life.  The things I do right are mine, the things I do wrong…if I can’t find someone else to blame… like the other driver… well, did God just make me this way?  Ah, pride…

I had a colleague once tell me that she counts how many times people say “I” in meetings.   Once she told me that, I became very aware of it… not just others, but myself as well.  And I recently sat in a meeting and wondered what it would be like if in our meetings we replaced every single I, my, me, mine, or even the occasional “we” (AND replace both thoughts and words) with God and Christ - how awesome would that be?!?!  Or even better yet before touting my/our decisions, do I/we even seek God’s guidance before making them?

We are all familiar with Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart…” But I think we tend to look at these verses out of context.  Sometimes I recite those words and interpret them like this - do not worry about my troubles, because God has it all under control.  And it wasn’t until recently that I encountered and memorized verse 7 that follows “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, lean not on your own understandings.  In all your ways, acknowledge him and we will direct your paths”  Verse 7 - “Be not wise in thine own eyes:  Fear the Lord and depart from evil”… when you read it in its full context all of these verses are more about our pride than our faith… or even more precise - how our faith can be faltered by our pride. 

Ah, pride…   Lucky for me I have a gracious and forgiving God.  My fall after my pride typically lands in His arms.  Praying he always shows me this grace…