Proverbs 11:2 says: “When pride comes, then comes dishonor, but with the humble is wisdom.” Why would humility help lead you to wisdom?
Pride may well be the root of all sin, and hinders a person in many ways. One of those ways is in regard to seeking wisdom. The proud person will make decisions based, at least in part, on the they LOOK as a result of a decision, rather than making it on the merits of the case itself. Thus one’s pride can blind them to the truth. But for the humble person, their “public perception” is not their primary concern. They merely seek to know and to do the right thing. Thus they are more free to see the truth, whatever it is, without worrying about their own personal stake in it.
The lesson is clear: if you truly want God’s wisdom, don’t try to “be somebody” of some sort or other; some “great person.” Just be a humble servant of God, and seek His wisdom for each situation you face. “Humble yourself in the presence of the Lord, and He will lift you up”, James 4 encourages us. One of the ways He will “lift you up” is by giving you the wisdom you need, for as Proverbs 11:2 reminds us, “With the humble is wisdom.”
Shawn,yesterday’s SS lesson was on pride. It brought to our attention, used this as example, about how we would want the Pastor to have a talk with a member who was drinking, or stealing. But no way did he need to talk with someone who had a lot of pride. Interesting!