“If natural wisdom is gained from applied knowledge, then knowledge needs to be gained through humble learning with pure motives. So, test everything and never be too proud to learn.”
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.
A story is told of two ducks and a frog that lived happily by a farm pond. They were very good friends and would play together every day. When the hot summer days came, however, the pond began to dry up and it was soon evident that they would need to move. This was no problem for the ducks, because they could easily fly to another pond, but the frog was stuck. He thought and thought until he came up with a plan. He suggested putting a stick between the bills of each duck which he could hang onto with his mouth as they carried him to another pond. The plan worked well–so well that as they were flying along a farmer looked up in admiration and said, “Well, isn’t that a clever idea! I wonder which one of you thought to do that?” The frog proudly opened his mouth and said, “I did…”
They say pride comes before a fall. Indeed. Looking at the word “pride” I discovered a profound fact: “I” is found in the centre of “pride”. Sadly, so many of us fall from God’s designed purposes for our lives because we are so consumed by our ego – the big “I”. Unfortunately, we try to design our own world to revolve around ourselves and become egocentric instead of Christocentric. It’s only when I realise that I can do nothing of any significance by my own strength that I realise that I can only do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Dear God Tracker, one way to counteract pride in our lives is to develop a teachable spirit. You are never too old to learn. I once interviewed a man in his 70’s for one of my radio shows who was busy writing a thesis for his 9th PHD. We all desire wisdom, don’t we? I believe that natural wisdom is applied knowledge. This means that you and I can only be wise once we have learned a lesson. With understanding, experience is the best teacher. If I am willing to humbly learn by my experiences – good and bad – then I will become wise. The Bible tells us that wisdom from above begins with purity. Purity checks the motive of the heart; it always asks the question, “Why?” Jesus reminded us to have a childlike attitude. A child is always eager to learn so that he can grow up to be big and strong, like his dad.
If natural wisdom is gained from applied knowledge, then knowledge needs to be gained through humble learning with pure motives. So, test everything and never be too proud to learn.
God-tracking is remaining humbly teachable with a pure heart
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Help me to not lean on my own understanding but to walk by your wisdom
“O Lord I apologise for always relying on my own strength for wisdom. I realise that true godly wisdom can only come through life’s lessons with the Holy Spirit as my teacher. So, I submit myself to your lessons in life, O Lord. I repent of ego and humble myself before you. I make a decision to always retain a teachable spirit. Teach me your will; guide me in your righteousness and help me to keep my motives pure in every decision I make in life. Help me to not lean on my own understanding but to walk by your wisdom. Amen.”
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