Proverbs 25: King James Bible
Pride and Glory – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty five, Verse 27
27 It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Pride and Glory
The words Pride and Glory are used together fairly often. But more often than not, pride will not lead to any real glory, and glory can be achieved without any trace of pride. Glory isn’t attained because we chase it, but is something that is earned selflessly, rather than selfishly.
Let’s back up the verse a bit…
Honey is often used as an example of something that goes down sweet to the taste, or representative of a good thing. However, as we discussed in a devotional earlier on in chapter 25 called “What is Sufficient,” problems come with indulging ourselves with too much of a good thing.
Too much honey will sour the stomach, and will make you wish you’d been a bit more conservative. Having said this, I find it interesting that the Lord is comparing eating too much honey with seeking out our own glory.
When someone desires glory and sets his hand toward achieving it, that isn’t glory at all. That is prideful ambition. This shouldn’t be confuse with working toward a goal, or wanting a better position to get a leg up financially; working toward gaining a promotion for example.
Seeking to achieve something isn’t a form of pride and glory, but is rather hope and diligence. When someone seeks their own glory, intentions are just that. Not caring about how it comes or who gets tossed to the side along the way, just out for the glory despite what it takes in order to achieve it.
And once this person reaches that goal, they come to that pinnacle, and find that they don’t like the view. Here is where too much honey comes into play. Prideful glory will always disappoint once the sweet taste of getting it fades to the bitter stomach that follows.
At this point all the people that you’ve hurt along the way know your intentions are selfish only, and you find that this “glory” in your hands isn’t all that glorious. Actually as far as greedy or selfish people in the workplace goes, glory mongers are typically worse off once they get to the top, because they find that the lofty position that seems cushy from everywhere else, has its own set of troubles, cares, responsibilities, and worries.
While those who are content with what they do, or are trying to get somewhere through diligence and hope are at home sleeping like a baby, the one who took the fast track to their destination of pride and glory are taking the cares of their work home with them, adding all kinds of different stresses to their lives that wouldn’t have been there otherwise.
Does this sound like glory? I don’t think so. The Word of the Lord tells us not to seek out our own glory, but to let others lift us up. Real glory that one can receive from man, is because the Lord causes it to be so, not because we make it happen and force the issue.
Let your works be seen by men, but with a heart toward the Lord, through diligence, hope, using wise judgement in your comings and goings, purity and grace. Let others speak well of you, rather than boasting on yourself.
Through pride and glory we take it into our own hands to lay hold of our own glory. Only in the end will we find out that what we have isn’t glory at all. But only a shadow of what is achieved by those who do things the Lord’s way with a pure heart.
Related New Testament Scripture
John 7: King James Bible
16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. 17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. 18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.
Romans 2: King James Bible
6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life:
8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, 9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
10 But glory, honor, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
1 Corinthians 3: King James Bible
20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. 21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are your’s; 22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are your’s; 23 And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.
1 Corinthians 10: King James Bible
31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 10: King James Bible
17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. 18 For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.
Galatians 5: King James Bible
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Philippians 3: King James Bible
18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
Thank you for your Word, and for the wisdom you have incorporated into every part of it. Help us to not strive to achieve our own vain glory, through pride and selfishness, but rather guide us ever deeper into righteousness with you. Help us to set our sights through purity in heart and intention, and set our desires that will be fulfillment to your will over our lives. Let your will be done for us, by us, through us, and all to your glory and praise. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever reached the end of the road searching for pride and glory, and found it to be nothing but a desolate, lonely place?
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