Proverbs 3: King James Bible
Know it All – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter three, Verses 7-8
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. 8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses
Here is another couple of verses that provide things to do or not do, in order to achieve a goal.
- Be not wise in our own eyes (Stop thinking we know it all, and remain humble and open to his instruction)
- Fear the Lord (reverence, awe, desiring to please and obey him as a child would do with his father)
- Depart from evil (remove yourselves from the paths that lead to destruction)
The result is:
- Health to your navel (Otherwise viewed as a manner of saying “health to your body”)
- Marrow to your bones (nourishment from marrow is what gives strength to the bones)
This is the second time where the Father offers us physical benefits from fearing him properly and being obedient to his will. The first is found in the second verse of chapter three, which we talked about in “Length of Days.”
We’ve spoken about what it is to “Fear the Lord,” and much of these devotionals thus far have eluded for us to “depart from evil.” But here there is something tacked on that’s worth talking about.
“Be not wise in your own eyes,” is a commandment in this verse, not a suggestion. If we are found being wise in our own eyes, that’s running in the same vein as “leaning on our own understanding,” which causes a rift between us and the Father that is otherwise known as pride.
We don’t need our own wisdom, when we’ve got full access to the Father’s. Think on this for a moment…
Some of the wisest people that have ever walked the face of this earth didn’t get that way by already knowing, but instead never ceased being taught.
Just when you start to think you know it all, please read the last handful of chapters of the book of Job. That’s a great lesson where we can learn just how little we are, and how little we know.
And if that doesn’t mean anything to you, and you are too knowledgeable to be corrected (particularly by the Lord), I hope you’ve been wise enough to get yourself a parachute, because the fall will be great.
If we stay humble, open to correction by the Father, fear the Lord, stay away from and refrain from taking part in the things that he hates, we’ll reap the physical benefits as a reward to our obedience.
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 fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
Romans 12: King James Bible
16Be 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.
Acts 9: King James Bible
31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.
Please teach us to never be wise in our own eyes. Be there any planks or specs, remove them for your name’s sake, so that we may be a teachable, trainable vessel fit for your service. Teach us to always fear you the way you’ve always deserved, and open our eyes, broaden our vision, so that we can see and recognize all of the things that we need to stay clear from, as we desire to depart from all evil. May your will be done with us we pray, in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Have you ever suffered the consequences of being wise in your own eyes, or being a know it all?