Faye Bryant

Stop believing your own press!

Ooh, my goodness. This verse starts with a strong imperative. That’s close to a command. The intent is: DO IT!

Do what? We have to stop thinking we’re all that and a bag of donuts in the wisdom department. If we’re measuring by the world’s standards — which believers should never do about anything — we may seem wise, but by God’s measure be way short of that title. God gives true wisdom. The kind that can sustain and lead through any crisis or good time. The kind that lasts more than one statement. The kind that is not self-serving. Real wisdom comes from God. All we have to do to have that wisdom is to ask (James 1:5) and He will give it.

We’re to become fools? Like idiots?

No. Not like idiots.

It’s the internal thinking that needs to change.

It’s a matter of how you see yourself. Instead of thinking you’re the wise person handing out tidbits that people need to live by, you need to throw away that worldly discernment and recognize yourself as dull, without learning and scholarship. See, compared to the next guy, we may seem wise, but compared to the One who IS wisdom, we’re pretty much stupid. God won’t leave us there, if we’re willing to be different.

When we do this discarding and recognizing, we’ll start seeking wisdom in the right place and soon become truly wise. So wise, in fact, that the world will look to us for that wisdom and we can point to God as our Source.

Let’s stop trying to impress the people and acknowledge that we ain’t got it. Let’s humble ourselves and let God be God in our lives. One step, one moment, one day at a time. Then do it again.

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