Proverbs 4: King James Bible
Crown of Glory – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter four, Verses 7-9
7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. 8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her. 9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Crown of Glory
How often do we consider wisdom and understanding as tools for honor and promotion? When you think about it, this goes against our fallen grain as it relates to being promoted. When I say promoted, I mean it in a general sense.
Meaning anything from a position at work, advertising, or just simply how others think of you. Often we feel that we need to promote ourselves in order for others to think how we desire them to think of us. Right?
Some people might even embellish a story making them more than they really are. Others might flat out lie, and create things just to manipulate someone’s opinion of them.
Even telling the truth about yourself might not be the right thing to do in certain situations, as it relates to promotion of one’s self in order to cause someone to think of you one way or the other. Or maybe it’s better said, that it’s folly when mixed with pride.
Scripture tells us to let the Father lift us up, or let another promote us. There is a host of scripture that lead us to understand, that it’s not given to us to be prideful or selfish. It’s the work of others or the Lord himself, to lift us up, bringing us honor and/or promotion.
Generally speaking, people, whether they like someone or not, will respect and think justly of a person who uses both wisdom and understanding. Fish stories and exaggerations people tell about themselves are eventually found out.
Telling the truth about yourself in a prideful manner only causes for others to think that you’re full of yourself. In reality, they’re probably correct to think that way.
The Word of the Lord will tell us to not build ourselves up at all as it relates to these kinds of things, but rather, be meek, humble, seeking to lift up others instead of ourselves.
When we apply wisdom and understanding, and walk it out, incorporating it into our daily lives, the Lord sees it and will reward us for it as stated in the verses above.
Related New Testament Scripture
12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
1 Peter 5:
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
Ephesians 2: King James Bible
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
2 Timothy 3:
3 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Our own insecurities and pride urge us to try to cause for others to think well of us. Let us not be high minded or selfish, and remove all of our personal insecurities, and cause for us to be completely assured and secured, anchored in you and you alone. Through your wisdom and understanding, help us to fulfill our part in these verses, so that you may perform yours. In Jesus mighty name we pray.
Have you ever been guilty of selfishly trying to attain your Crown of Glory?
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