Scripture reading – Proverbs 25; Proverbs 26

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Continuing our chronological two-year Scripture reading schedule, today’s assignment is Proverbs 25 and 26. As with all chapters in Proverbs, the number of verses and couplets of wisdom are unmanageable in a brief devotional. Rather than attempt the impossible, my devotional commentary will focus on one couplet, Proverbs 25:6-7. This is the first of two devotional studies for today, and the second will follow and be taken from Proverbs 26. (My amplification of word meanings is bracketed and in italics.)

 

Proverbs 25

The internet has opened up a world of fame and sometimes infamy for those looking to make a name on social media. Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, X (Twitter), and many others have given opportunities to anyone who wants to be an overnight, self-made internet sensation.

I am often amazed at how much personal information people are willing to share on social network sites. Arguably, hawking oneself and gawking at others has become an all-consuming pastime. It is estimated that 18-34-year-olds spend 3.8 hours daily social networking!

The infatuation with oneself reminds me of a comment my tourist guide in Israel made years ago when he observed the national pastime of Israeli youth as “to see and to be seen.”

 

Solomon’s proverbial insights into the fascination with oneself are amazing (Proverbs 25:6-7). Three thousand years ago, the king of Israel instructed his son, the future king of Israel, to be wary of self-promotion. Solomon urged his son to show discretion and humility, especially in the presence of great men. The king wrote:

 

Proverbs 25:6-7  “Put not forth thyself [don’t be a self-promoter; overtly ambitious; seeking vainglory] in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men: 7 For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up [ascend; go up] hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower [humbled; humiliated] in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.”  

 

Christ taught a similar lesson regarding humility in Luke 14:8-10.

 

Luke 14:8-11  “When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room [place of honor]; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; 

9 And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room. 

10 But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee. 

11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”

Closing thoughts –

 

Let’s make today’s Bible study practical by taking a few minutes and inspecting your social media page. Forget how many “Likes” or “Comments” you have received on your pictures and posts. Instead, consider: How much of what you have posted glorifies the LORD? Are you guilty of self-promotion?

 

In a day of shameless self-promotion, is HUMILITY, not the quality God cherishes in His people?

Copyright © 2023 – Travis D. Smith 

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