Proverbs 30: King James Bible
Lifting Yourself Up – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter thirty, Verse 32
32 If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Lifting Yourself Up
Have you ever lifted yourself up or have entertained evil thoughts? I feel safe assuming that it’s not just me. Have you ever been knocked down because of it? Whoa… I feel just as safe in assuming I’m not the only one! Twice in a row!
Lifting yourself up shouldn’t be confused with trying your best. When you try your best, it’s to get something done. Lifting yourself up is making sure everyone knows about it.
Pride comes to mind. You want to be a particular “class” of person, so you elevate yourself to appear as such a person. This kind of self elevation or “lifting up” is exhausting. Or, you want to shine brighter in your boss’s eyes, and you weasel your way into his view, or become a chirping bird in his ear.
The resentment from those around you in the workplace typically won’t boil to the surface until a fall of some kind happens. And it will happen.
If you seek to gain favor that is unmerited, you wind up in a situation that you’re not equipped to handle. Pride blinds us to this, which is one of the reasons pride comes before a fall. Lying about experience on an application for example.
It’s foolish to lift yourself up at all, because there’s nothing good that will come from it. And if any good does, it falls into the “unjust gain” category, because you had to do something sinful in order to have obtained it.
Or Hast Thought Evil
It’s no accident that lifting yourself up is right along side thinking evil. Evil is not wanting when someone seeks personal elevation.
Evil means are required to lift yourself up, rather than waiting on the Lord for help. Somehow we feel compelled to do this rather than doing it the Lord’s way. Probably a control or an “I want it now” issue.
When we succumb to the desire of recognition or self promotion, the question that needs to be answered is, how do we do it? This is where evil desire breeds evil actions. We lie, cheat, steal, exaggerate, and cast others down.
Then comes the problem of maintaining any gained ground. This requires to pile more manure on top of the heap. Before you know it, you’re living to catch up with who you have told others you are, the fake person you’ve projected, rather than living your own life.
The Lord’s Way of Doing Things
The Lord has a way of doing things that our flesh can’t stand. The problem is, he’s right, his ways are better, they are wiser, they are true and faithful, and he knows absolutely everything that we never will.
The flesh still hates it though, despite how many times we tell our carnal man that the Lord’s ways are better, it just doesn’t get the point, nor can it understand.
I’ve found through personal experience, especially through the Word of God, that those who seek to be lifted, wind up lifting themselves up. Those without that desire, wind up being the ones that naturally get elevated.
The Lord has set many precedence concerning this very matter over and over again through scriptures. He has set things in motion that we can not stand against. When we try, we might make it for a short time, but the longer we attempt to stand against what the Lord has established, the greater the fall.
This topic is among those things. When we lift ourselves up in pride and arrogance, we will one day be swept away by the consequences of those actions. But when we set our hand to do things right, being honest and true, trusting the Lord to help us out, he will lift us up.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 23: King James Bible
12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
Luke 1: King James Bible
52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
James 4: King James Bible
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
1 John 2: King James Bible
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
1 Peter 5: King James Bible
5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Thank you for your Word, and for your statutes. Your ways are higher than ours, better than ours, and will forever reap better fruit than ours ever will. Help us to reject and ditch prideful arrogance in every area of our lives. May you strengthen our spirits Lord, through your Holy Spirit, and cause for our spirit man to take charge over the whims of the flesh as crucified. Help us to turn to you for any lifting up, rather than doing what is not convenient in your eyes, and trying to lift ourselves. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Have you ever done wickedness just for the sake of lifting yourself up?