13 May A Proverbs A Day // Proverbs 13
The 13th // Proverbs 13
Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.” –Proverbs 13:10
Each chapter in Proverbs has about 30 pieces of advice. They come in couplets and they are succinct and to the point. Writing these chapter recaps has sometimes proven difficult for me because the pieces of advice can be all over the place. It’s hard to find a theme for each chapter to go off of. Chapter 13 is much different. There is a STRONG theme staring with the first verse all the way through…
Solomon touches on pride a lot. It seems to me that he really wants his readers to see the direct correlation between pride and idiocy, which is very much so the opposite of wisdom. Pride is sneaky and can come out in even the smallest instances. From pretending to have something you don’t to being a know-it-all to giving your opinion when you should keep your mouth shut, pride sneaks up on even the most precious of us and holds us down when we don’t realize it.
Here’s what Proverbs 13 says about pride:
Listen to good advice. Obey the commands of God. Those who choose not to do so choose to believe they know better than God… You may not realize it, but it’s an act of pride. [ouch! This one is convicting for me!] The wise heed good instruction, but the foolish are too prideful to listen, take heed and apply the change to their lives [13:1]
In conversations, sometimes it’s best to keep our mouths shut [13:3] to protect ourselves from falling into a trap of gossip or a bad conversation. It’s also beneficial to keep our mouths shut in conversations where we simply AREN’T informed [also convicting for me] and hold our opinions in because the foolish are the ones who pretend they know it all (but Solomon says that everyone can see through it eventually) [13:5]
The same thing goes for, what I like the call “The Dallas Effect”… Or in other words, keeping up with the Joneses. So often in Dallas there’s this stigma that you have to dress or act a certain way, that money is so important and it’s equally as important to come across like you have it. Solomon warns against this, too, by saying this:
One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.” –Proverbs 13:7
Proverbs 13 tells us that by keeping quiet, keeping humble and pursuing righteousness, our lights will shine brighter (and louder) than our words ever could [13:9]
It’s important to surround yourself with others who are wise [13:20]. They make all the difference in how deeply you pursue wisdom. Surrounding yourself with others who hold you accountable to God’s standards push you toward greatness [13:21] while those who lead you away from Him lead you to destruction [13:15] Do not be so prideful as to not take advice from those wiser than you who love you [13:18].
Today, I am convicted in my own pride. I do not know it all, so why do I feel like I should act like it at times? LORD, help me to remember that humility brings me closer to you, which is what I want far more than approval from others. May I remember that keeping quiet is not a sign of weakness or stupidity… It’s a sign of wisdom!