Scripture reading – Proverbs 27

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Our brief study of Proverbs continues with chapter 27. Though the chapter is filled with golden nuggets of “uncommon common sense,” the focus of today’s devotional will be limited to Proverbs 27:2.

 

Proverbs 27

The Book of Proverbs is a king’s instructions to his son.  On several occasions, Solomon has expressed concern that his son’s heart might not be lifted in pride. Born into a home of wealth and privilege, it was easy for a young prince to be carried away by the grandeur of the palace and the presence of servants ready at his beck and call.

Proverbs 27:2 presents an excellent thought regarding the insightful counsel of a father who understood the bent of his son’s heart. Lest he be led astray by the pride of youth, Solomon urged the young prince to recognize how uncomely it was for a man to boast and praise himself.

Proverbs 27:2  “Let another man praise thee [boast; sing your prais

Few things are as repulsive as a man boasting about his achievements. It is, however, the nature of humanity to “proclaim [to] every one his own goodness” (Proverbs 20:6). Such a person has forgotten the raw clay from which they were taken. While praise and acknowledgment have their place and are rewarding, they ring hollow when expressed by one’s lips. The question we should ponder is this:

 

Why is an arrogant, pompous, self-congratulatory spirit distasteful to others and inappropriate before God?

 

The answer is clear – it is not the Spirit of God but an evil spirit of self-promotion akin to Satan. The prophet Isaiah, prophetically comparing the fall of Nebuchadnezzar, the great king of Babylon, to the fall of Lucifer, noted that the fallen angel boasted in his pride and exalted himself to be his Creator’s equal (Isaiah 14:12-15). Notice in the following passage the number of times Lucifer employed the pronoun “I” to glory in himself.

 

Isaiah 14:12-15 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: Iwill sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 15  Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

 

Closing thoughts –

 

Before dismissing the thought of being proud and vain, evaluate how often your conversations are self-focused. Ask yourself if you are given to bragging and boasting. Does your social media wall expose arrogance, self-righteousness, and self-promotion? Sadly, the ugly secret may be:

 

Others readily notice when we are self-focused.

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