The internet is full of quick resources and self-help advice amidst times of calm and times of crisis. Today we talk about Anger. You can find help on literally anything on the go anytime, anywhere. But how much of it is true and actually helpful and how much of it is just click-bait and sensationalism. Thankfully, we have a book that has stood the test of time. King Solomon, the wisest man to have ever lived (excluding Jesus fully-man of course). Solomon, Son of David, when asked by God he can have anything he wants, Solomon responded “Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” (2 Chronicles 1:10). It is through this godly wisdom that we have the book of Proverbs today! Today we focus on Proverbs 16 – Indestructible!
Let’s journey through Proverbs!
The builders of the Titanic were convinced of one thing: this ship is unsinkable. “Not even God can sink this ship”, they said. Instead, an iceberg and human egos sank it!
They were wrong.
The builders of the “Death Star” in the movie Star Wars (not that I know much about the movie….apparently someone is Luke’s father and they have swords called lightsabers🤷♂️) believed that their planet-blasting spaceship had no weaknesses and was indestructible.
They were also wrong.
But how is this possible?
How is it that the people who can build such magnificent things are unable to see cracks, flaws, and possible weaknesses?
It’s easy – Pride! They believe that they’re above it. Pride is defined as “unreasonable conceit of one’s own superiority…or a consciousness of one’s own dignity. ” In other words, the builders above didn’t believe they had flaws and, therefore, their creations didn’t have flaws.
Proverbs tells us what most of us already know, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18)
This may be the most quoted proverb in history, but it is also the least respected wisdom in all of humanity.
Pride in our own abilities – that unreasonable kind of pride, the kind that believes we can do no wrong – sets us up for a massive failure when the reality hits that we actually can do wrong. We have flaws, struggles and challenges. Opportunities pass us by, and we can’t see consequences before they happen. We don’t always know that we don’t always know.
The antidote to pride is confession. It’s hard to be prideful when we make a practice of humbly telling someone we trust about the places where we mess up, where we’re imperfect, and where we can’t do the things we claim we can do.
As you read the Proverbs, you’ll probably notice that they talk about “discipline” and “correction” on a regular basis. What’s interesting about those two items is that neither are helpful as long as we think we’re indestructible.
If we are unreasonably prideful, wisdom won’t make a dent. If we’re open to confession to a trusted friend and correction of our actions and thoughts, wisdom has a shot.
What level of pride do you see in your own life? Who is the person you confess your struggles to? Who helps correct the stuff going backward in your life?
To humans belong the plans of the heart,
but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.
2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them,
but motives are weighed by the Lord.
3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans.
4 The Lord works out everything to its proper end—
even the wicked for a day of disaster.
5 The Lord detests all the proud of heart.
Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for;
through the fear of the Lord evil is avoided.
7 When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way,
he causes their enemies to make peace with them.
8 Better a little with righteousness
than much gain with injustice.
9 In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the Lord establishes their steps.
10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle,
and his mouth does not betray justice.
11 Honest scales and balances belong to the Lord;
all the weights in the bag are of his making.
12 Kings detest wrongdoing,
for a throne is established through righteousness.
13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips;
they value the one who speaks what is right.
14 A king’s wrath is a messenger of death,
but the wise will appease it.
15 When a king’s face brightens, it means life;
his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.
16 How much better to get wisdom than gold,
to get insight rather than silver!
17 The highway of the upright avoids evil;
those who guard their ways preserve their lives.
18 Pride goes before destruction,
a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed
than to share plunder with the proud.
20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,
and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.
21 The wise in heart are called discerning,
and gracious words promote instruction.
22 Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent,
but folly brings punishment to fools.
23 The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent,
and their lips promote instruction.
24 Gracious words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
25 There is a way that appears to be right,
but in the end it leads to death.
26 The appetite of laborers works for them;
their hunger drives them on.
27 A scoundrel plots evil,
and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.
28 A perverse person stirs up conflict,
and a gossip separates close friends.
29 A violent person entices their neighbor
and leads them down a path that is not good.
30 Whoever winks with their eye is plotting perversity;
whoever purses their lips is bent on evil.
31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor;
it is attained in the way of righteousness.
32 Better a patient person than a warrior,
one with self-control than one who takes a city.
33 The lot is cast into the lap,
but its every decision is from the Lord.