Proverbs 20: King James Bible
I am Awesome – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty, Verse 6
6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – I am Awesome
I’ve worked along side a lot of people over the years. On that note, I’ve been in charge of a lot of people over the years.
There is one thing I’ve never heard anyone confess to, or verbalize in any way, shape or form. I’ve never heard someone who is lazy to the point of next to uselessness, say so of themselves.
Oddly enough, I’d often hear the exact opposite. Those who are lazy or are slackers in their work, would often be the first to tell anyone who would listen, how hard they are working.
I don’t mean people who were bad at their job due to solid reasons, like simply not understanding what they’re doing. That’s not laziness, but rather ignorance or just simply not a good fit for whatever the task may be. I’m talking about people who could do so much better and so much more, yet don’t.
These are the people who I thought about, upon reading this verse. Those who would proclaim how much they do and how hard they worked, when everyone knew different.
On the other hand, the best workers I’ve ever had the pleasure of working alongside or over, never had to say anything about what they did or how hard they work, because the evidence would be all over the place. They wouldn’t feel the need to justify themselves or boast of all that they did.
Even the worst employee I’ve ever had, would tell me how good he is, and how hard he works. No employee would walk up to their boss and say, “I promise to give it 50% today boss!”
From previous personal experiences outside of a work environment, and dealing people in the Christian world, my eyes glaze over just a touch when I hear someone proclaiming how holy they might be. Or another good example is someone feeling that it’s necessary to share with everyone how strong and tough they are. Ever meet the type?
Where much talk is, there is no wanting of sin. In the sense we’re looking at here today, that sin would be lies. They could be lying to us, themselves, or both. Some people tend to say things, in order to convince you to think of them what they want you to think, rather than what their deeds demonstrate.
There is something that I said once in a back and forth with a Muslim, and it has stuck with me to this day. It was one of those situations where it was too smart to have originated with me, but must’ve been the Holy Ghost giving me what to say.
The Muslim said that if Jesus was the Messiah and the Son of God, then he would have been proclaiming it from the housetops. My response was, that a strong man doesn’t need to boast about how strong he is. His strength is evident by whatever he does.
Jesus didn’t run around telling everyone that he is the Son of God, or was God in the flesh, though he did make mention of it here and there. But to teach, not boast. He made the fact evident, by his deeds, and his behavior.
Jesus is the one who asked his disciples, “Who do men say that I am?” He didn’t say, “Tell them that this is who I am.” That came later, after his death, burial, and resurrection. For the sake of the souls of the nations, not because he had an inferiority complex.
When we can come to terms with our own shortcomings, we can begin the process of working it out with the Lord, and through his Word. But to ignore reality, and put up different fronts that will one day fall, is to lie to yourself, and to others about yourself. What is the Father supposed to do about that?
Related New Testament Scripture
John 5: King James Bible
30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. 31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. 32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.
Galatians 6: King James Bible
1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
Philippians 4: King James Bible
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
James 5: King James Bible
16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Thank you for your Word, and for your wisdom concerning all that you have placed in it. Help us to be true to ourselves, as it relates to being honest with ourselves and whatever faults we may harbor. Help us to recognize them, and work with us to remove all faults that we may harbor, and replace them with the fruit of the spirit of your choice. Help us to be found honest and faithful. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
What kind of reaction would you expect, if you walked into a group of people and tell them, “I am awesome?”