Proverbs 7-9, Psalm 150
Dwight L. Moody said, “God sends no one away empty except those who are full of themselves.” C.S. Lewis said, “For pride is spiritual cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love, or contentment, or even common sense.” Wisdom is not hidden, the problem is people don’t seek it. In the first 3 verses of Proverbs 8 we see wisdom personified and crying out in v.1, standing on the top of the hill and by the path in v.2, crying out by the city gates and by the doors in v.3. The problem is not that wisdom is cloaked or hidden, the problem is that people are so full of themselves that they don’t listen.
In Proverbs 6:16-19, when it mentions the six things that the Lord hates, the first one on the list is “A proud look”. Pride was the cause of the fall of Satan along with a third of the host of heaven, “For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High’ “. (Isaiah 14:13-14). Pride was the first sin of humanity and the cause of the fall of man, The serpent said to Eve, “For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate.” (Genesis 3:5-6). It is also pride in the heart of each and every human on earth that blinds and deafens them from responding to the simple gospel message. Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, gives an excellent portrayal of how the gospel message is only available to those who do not consider themselves wise in their own eyes.
In Proverbs 8:17, Solomon says, “I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.” Jesus says in Matthew 7:7 that we must be continually seeking Him. I believe Pastor Lloyd said in a recent talk that we are all vessels. If our vessel is already full of ourselves there is no room to be filled by the Holy Spirit or anything from God. But if we come to Him each day with an empty vessel, then we can be used by Him, for then we allow ourselves to be filled by Him. The wisdom of God has nothing in common with wisdom of the world. Everyone must pick sides. The main thing that holds people back from accepting the gospel message and also for us believers who hinder our own walk is being filled with the world and our own pride rather than the wisdom of God.
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