Words from the Heart for Monday October 23rd, 2017
Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord, and humility comes before honour.
Proverbs 15:33 (NIV)
Humility before Honour
Even from childhood we may have felt that people don’t ever listen to us. We can either become a controlling person who forces their opinions on everyone or keeps quiet even when their ideas would help. We may long to be listened to and respected and honoured. The Lord brings healing to us and will teach us the fear of the Lord. We can be made whole and choose the life-habit of humility. Honor will follow.
The Rotary International Conference is scheduled to be held in Toronto in 2018 and in preparation, the most recent edition of the Rotarian magazine featured an article on Canada’s largest city. Entitled, “The Capital of Nice” it begins with the story of the author, cell phone just about out of power, sitting with her young daughter in a café. When an employee noticed them struggling with a map, an employee helped them find Kensington Market. As they were leaving, the little girl said “Canadians sure are nice.”
The principles of the Kingdom of Heaven are diametrically opposed to the principles of the world. This has always been the case, right from the beginning of God’s book, the Bible. There is no greater example of this than the words of wise King Solomon in Proverbs 15:33: “Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord, and humility comes before honor.” The world teaches that pride is important and that a man or woman succeeds by looking out for number one. Success for the unredeemed comes when a man or woman rises to the top of his or her profession. They long for the honour of their peers. What a contrast to what Solomon says here in describing the Kingdom of God principle. He says that the epitome of the godly life is humility rather than honour. Rather than rising to the top, the follower of Christ bows down before his or her Saviour. Jesus taught this principle when He knelt before His disciples and washed their feet. He displayed this even more powerfully by His death on the cross. Consider how can you display humility today – it is wisdom’s instruction.
These have been words from the heart.