Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 13:10 By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom.
Yes You're Right
The Sky Is Aqua Today
I remember a discussion with a friend from Europe a while back… about human behavior. He grew up in India from the highest of the upper class. He had the impression that Americans in relation to other countries were much more ashamed to ask others about things they did not know. His opinion was that most Americans would rather stay dumb and appear superior than to admit they were ignorant on a subject.
Were his insights in relation to Americans true? Perhaps... More than other peoples?... I do not know. But I do believe some form of pride is always on the heels of every one of us.
About the insolent person in the text, he is a rude and disrespectful human being. We have all met a few and have have likely been one ourselves from time to time. It seems to gradually come over me after I am feeling a little down and when I make what i think is an insignificant mistake on something and someone corrects me...
And at those times it seems that when it rains it pours and I feel like I am corrected by someone about every little thing I say or do. I might innocently comment: “The sky is sure blue today” and hear in reply: “NO NOT REALLY, IT IS AQUA”. One wrong answer after another on topics from the weather to politics to theology.
Then something snaps and I begin being that person in the text that is insolent. I begin interrupting and talking over people and backing up my statements almost equal to the oracles of God. I try to appear superior and yet humble, but I will be right, I will make my case, my life is valid, I am credible. Come on people, acknowledge my intelligence. I will get the last word. I am the counselor. I can’t hear you! Give me an attaboy!
Father please humble me to see my depravity, open my ears to hear your wisdom, enlighten me to understand your ways and quicken me to follow your truth from good godly counselors.