Proverbs 26: King James Bible
About the Sluggard – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty six, Verse 16
16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – About the Sluggard
In a devotional we went over the other day called “Never Lose Hope,” we recognized that the fool was being compared to the sluggard. The verse above is how I came to that conclusion, where we learn who the Lord is talking about when he calls out the one who is “wise in his own conceit.”
It’s the sluggard who is wise in his own conceit. This is the person who would scoff at my most favorite piece of advice: Never assume that anyone else is dumber than you are. They think they’ve got it all figured out regardless what anyone else may say, particularly the Lord.
These are folks that may talk a good game, but have never taken a look into whatever they think they know so much about. They’re sluggards. They wouldn’t be bothered actually doing research of any kind, because that would take effort.
The Lord tells us that there is more hope for a fool than for those who are wise in their own conceit. The verse above gives us a great example why that is true. Rendering a reason is quite a way to put this.
The seven men who can render a reason are not just arguing with the sluggard. They are exhibiting, presenting, giving examples, or otherwise giving demonstration. These would fall under the category of “rendering” a reason.
The sluggard is wise in his own conceit, not wise in much else. Conceit is the filter that everything flows through, constructing his own personal worldview. This is why there is little hope for the sluggard.
It’s hard to tell someone something when they already know better, despite the evidence. There are many traits that the sluggard shares with those who are slothful, but this (I believe) is a separating factor between the two.
As the word says, there is little hope, but that tells us that there is in fact hope. Often, it takes a great deal of prayer and time to breach that filter of conceit, when it comes to sharing the Lord with someone who believes they’re smarter than the Lord.
The Holy Ghost can certainly do things that are impossible for us, in ways that we’d never think of. He can cause for someone like this to experience all kinds of things that would bruise, damage, and one day pierce through the cone of conceit. The Lord brings low the high minded.
I believe then, at that point when the conceit has been worked over by the Father, then he might be ready to lend an ear to true wisdom, and that of the Lord. But this is what it takes, and is why there is more hope for the fool.
Not that the fool won’t find the Lord in a similar manner sometimes, but might be a bit quicker to lend an ear to reason should we (through the spirit of God) decide to render it for them. Power and demonstration is what the Lord used to make the apostle Paul such a success as it relates to winning over souls. Most of us tend to argue or ignore.
This brings us once again to remember the place where the Lord found us, so we don’t wind up thinking ourselves in a manner that we shouldn’t. Their resistance to the Lord and all of the things of the Lord doesn’t make them any less worthy than we, for Christ Jesus to bear the punishment of their sin, as well as our own.
Related New Testament Scripture
Romans 11: King James Bible
25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.
Romans 12: King James Bible
16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
1 Corinthians 2: King James Bible
3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
2 Timothy 2: King James Bible
19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor. 21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.
We come before you now and ask that you penetrate the mindset of unbelief, and bring low those who may be high minded against you. Whatever hope there is for all who are as the sluggard, being wise in their own conceit, please exploit that hope so that they would be saved, and washed clean by the blood of the Lamb. Help us, your children, move by your Spirit and do our part by way of power and demonstration. Not our power, but that which you will to display. May the anointing of the Holy Ghost permeate the body of Christ to perform every good work in your honor and in your service, and for the sake of those who must be saved by these methods. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever noticed that conceit is the one attribute that is more typical to the sluggard than the fool or the slothful?