Proverbs 27: King James Bible
Tried through Praise – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty seven, Verse 21
21 As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Tried through Praise
There are several different things that go on in our lives that put us to the test. Things which refine us, break us down, purify our hearts, or drive us to our knees.
Most of the time we think of things such as difficulties, troubles, stress, persecution, aggravation, or anything that agitates us enough to either become stronger or fall in the way. These are ways in which our metal is tested.
However, there are not so obvious things that have a tendency to test us in a different manner. Above, the Lord uses praise as an example of this. Who would ever consider someone being praised as someone being refined?
Well, that all depends on what is going on in the heart of the man who is being praised. How we outwardly handle various forms of praise from others, isn’t necessarily what is going on in the heart.
There are things that we do that in our heart of hearts, we genuinely believe we deserve praise for, and things that we don’t. That praise can be something as simple as a thank you, or any small gesture of gratitude, or on the other extreme, a party being thrown in your honor to give praises to you for whatever accomplishment you’ve done.
No matter what the circumstances be they great or small, what’s going on in our heart? At what point does a humble and meek heart grow hard toward the gratefulness of being praised by others, and wind up getting shards of pride to start looking for a place to take root? At what point does someone begin expecting to be praised, and nearly demanding it in their heart as if it’s due?
There is nothing wrong with praising someone when it is due, or receiving praise from someone. But what’s going on in the heart? Jesus is our perfect example in this. He was praised nearly as a king by many people as he walked the streets of Israel, astonishing nearly everyone he met that didn’t want to kill him.
But from start to finish, he remained meek at heart regardless of being praised nearly everywhere he went. He did not stumble in this or wind up with what the Bible would call a proud look, which to me, is the equivalent of looking down your nose at someone.
They were laying down palm branches in the streets yelling praises and shouts of joy at his entry into Jerusalem. Yet he who is the only person who has ever walked the face of the earth that deserves such treatment, remained humble and meek at heart.
How would we respond to such treatment? This is something that I believe people fail to see as a test. Most people would count it as being blessed to be praised by others, and it is a blessing. But at the same time, it is not an excuse to allow pride into the scene.
Let’s face it, if he found a reason to do so, the Lord could test us with a paperclip and a piece of grapefruit. MacGyver has nothing on the Father when it comes to creativity. We shouldn’t ever be surprised when we find ourselves to be tested in pleasant and happy situations just as well as being tested and refined through more troubling means.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 5: King James Bible
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Matthew 11: King James Bible
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Matthew 21: King James Bible
5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
Galatians 5: King James Bible
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Colossians 3: King James Bible
11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
Thank you for your Word, your care, and your attention. We praise you for all that you do, and all that you’ve done. Help us to receive praise in a meek and humble manner, inwardly just as much as outwardly. No servant is greater than his master, and if Jesus was meek at heart, so should we be as well. Help us to shun what is evil, receive praise as you’d will, and to you be the glory in all things, and for all things. In Jesus mighty name we pray.
Have you ever been tried through praise?