Oil and Water; Pride and ……

18 Nov

Remember on the SAT exam, how you’d be given a set of words, followed by only the first word in a second set?

By deciphering the relationship of the first set of words,  then applying the same tactic to the provided word,  the correct answer could be found.

Today, as I’m reading Ezekiel, I’m reading about God’s judgements on Tyre and Sidon. The judgements were foretold in prophecy through Ezekiel.

Specifically, God points to the corruption of heart through pride.

“Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor.” EZ 28:17a NIV

Tyre had become so influential and successful, so pleased with itself, that pride swelled. The ruler (and I’m sure his followers) began to see his thoughts as wise, as wise as a god.

Pride swells and brings forth a false sense of wisdom. False, because it sees self as the source of that wisdom.

We can be wise, but only from God. He alone is wise and grants wisdom. See Proverbs 2:6  “For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”

So, in our SATish approach. What’s the right answer?

Oil:Water;  Pride: _______

a) Beauty

b) Success

c) Wisdom

Well, oil and water DON’T MIX!  So, I answer, “C, wisdom.” Because true Wisdom is of God and when we humble ourselves to God as the source of any wisdom, we squash pride.

“Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. ”  Proverbs 26:12 

Bible Reading Update:

Old Testament Completed thru Ezekiel Ch 30

 New Testament: Completed thru Hebrews


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