King Solomon begins to reveal how his wisdom slowly changed from that which was given to him by God after his request to that which was rooted in pride and vanity.
“My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding: That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.”
Only three times within the Scriptures is the phrase “my wisdom” pinned. One in reference to the King of Assyria in Isaiah 10, and the other two from Solomon. Only those full of pride can utter such words. God hates pride, and promises the future that lies ahead of those that are consumed with it.
“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”
We must not only guard our hearts from allowing pride to enter, but we must also be aware of following the advice of prideful counsel. Avoid those who offer their own solutions. Seek to instruction of those who point others to the Wisdom of the Word.
1 Corinthians 2:1-8
“And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
Take heed to those who do not admonish themselves and their own wisdom, but rather speak the wisdom of God through His Word.
2 Corinthians 4:5
“For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.”
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