Do you see a person wise in their own eyes?

I hope you are not looking at yourself right now…I hope you are not looking or thinking of anyone right now…

Considering that we only use 10% of our brain, we really do not know very much and yet seem quite conceited for the most part of what we know or maybe we think while everyone else is using 10%, we have somehow manage to tweek another 1 or 2 percent more.

How do we define wisdom verses – let’s say the opposite of a wise person is a “fool”?  If we define a “fool” as someone who is generally understood as a wicked and profane person, than a wise person would be a good, trying to live right individual.  The problem is that most of us think we are the wise by our own conceit and esteem, but maybe because we place our “righteousness” in outward things, in the observance of external duties; and though there may be some little imperfection in them, yet we think, as we mean well, God will accept the will for the deed: and some of us have imagined we have arrived to perfection; and such are generally conceited, proud, and haughty, and despise others; all which flows from ignorance.

For, though we fancy ourselves to be wise, we are very ignorant of ourselves; of the plague of our own hearts; of the law of God, and the spirituality of it, and the expansiveness of its demands; of the strict justice and righteousness of God, which will not admit of an imperfect righteousness in the room of a perfect one; and also of the righteousness of Jesus Christ, the nature and necessity of that to justify: and this being our case, we are in very dangerous circumstances; we are building on a sand; we are liable to fall into a ditch; we cannot be justified nor saved by our own works; we oppose ourselves to God’s way of justifying and saving sinners; and He sets himself against us, He resists the proud.

Therefore there is more hope of a fool than of us; of a profane sinner than of a self-righteous person; for Christ came to save sinners, to call them to repentance, and He receives them as such; but not self-righteous persons; and, humanly speaking, there is a greater likelihood and greater hopes of convincing sinners, and bringing them to repentance and to forsake their sins, than there is of convincing a self-righteous person of the insufficiency of their righteousness, and the folly of trusting to it, and of bringing them to repent of such a confidence, and to forsake it; for it is most natural to them; it is their own, and the effect of great labour and pains; and encourages vanity and boasting, which would be excluded should they part with it.

There is wisdom in this – God is faithful and merciful, He has promised to give salvation to all who desire to follow Him, He has promised to supply all of my needs, Jesus is coming again and until such time He has given me the Holy Spirit to teach me and to comfort me.  Lord, I need your mercy and grace because there are days, even when You have given me all of this, I still look in the mirror and a see a wise person – and then I realize all over again of how gracious You are to have saved a fool like myself and provide unconditional love until you receive me home.


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4 responses to this post.

  1. Some really good thoughts here. Have you been reading John Gill’s commentary? Some of it sounds like him.

    I have a suggestion. It looks to me like this post is built on Proverbs 26:12. You might consider mentioning the particular Scripture, in case one of your readers doesn’t recognise it, when you are writing about a particular text.

    Blessings to you.


    • Wow – thanks – yeah John Gill is really good – I have been reading his stuff and Barnes lately – probably because I am dealing more with attitude the last few blogs and these two seem quite good at articulating thoughts – most of the time its not what you say, it is how you say it. Blessings


      • I like Barnes as well. Lenski and AT Robertson are great on the Greek, if you’ve had any Greek studies, and K&D is really good on the Hebrew. Since you post on Proverbs some, Waltke is excellent as well. Spurgeon told his students, “If you don’t have enough money to have a coat and Matthew Henry’s commentary, sell your coat and buy Henry.”

        Are you using E-Sword? I highly recommend it. I really, really like using it with TSK (Treasury of Scripture Knowledge) in the side panel. It just pulls up a list of related passages, and you can hover over them one at a time and the text pops up. Phenomenal tool. Let’s you get a lot of related Scriptures that shed additional light on the one you are studying.

        All the best.

      • Hey – you have some interesting cliches – who do you hang out with? I have stayed away from E-sword for no particular reason as well as Treasure, but there are a few you mentioned that I can say I have not even heard of – sounds like I have some homework to do. Thanks!

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