Proverbs 14: King James Bible
Security of Understanding – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter fourteen, Verses
33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Security of Understanding
When we read the first half of this verse, it doesn’t mean that wisdom has been placed to rest on the heart of he who has understanding. Here, when we read “resteth in the heart,” it’s another way to say, kept to him or her self, or secure.
I have learned by observing several different examples, that someone who has a blend of wisdom and security of understanding in a particular strength, never feels compelled to bring it up, or boast about it. What I’ve learned, is that it really doesn’t matter what the strength is, but with a dose of wisdom and understanding, this verse certainly proves true.
I don’t know about you, but when I read this verse, I think of the Lord Jesus. He a=is a great example of what I was just talking about. One of the most favorite arguments Muslims enjoy to throw at Christians, is that Jesus never said that he was God, or the only Son of God, in the scriptures.
First off, they’re wrong, and the argument is quickly winnable. But those who I’ve contended with, think that Jesus couldn’t have been God in the flesh, because he didn’t go around declaring exactly who he was all the time.
What I would say, is that he never had to. A strong man who is humble, secure, and knows how strong he is, doesn’t have to go around telling everyone, does he? No. Does a short person have a desire to run around telling everyone how short he is? No, he knows full well that he’s short, and should anyone be at all observant, it would be apparent.
Jesus knew exactly who he was, God in the flesh. He came to do several different things, boasting and bragging was not among his tasks. He never had to. He did miraculous things, and spoke in power and authority, that the world had never seen from man.
People who were paying attention, knew by the Spirit of the Lord exactly who he is, was, and will be. The Christ; Son of the Most High God. So that is the reason that this verse reminds me of the Lord.
The second half of the verse reminds me of the type of person that is so insecure, that they need to make sure you know full well, how tough they are, how smart they are, how strong they are, etc… The majority of the time, this is evident, and that’s all people walk with.
This is foolish, because it is a matter of pride, that it is so important for us, to make sure others know how much better we are than they may be at something, whatever the case may be. The Lord tells us, that we should be waiting for him to lift us up, not to lift ourselves 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.
1 Peter 5: King James Bible
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
Ephesians 1: King James Bible
16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.
Thank you for the security we have in you through Christ Jesus. Please cleanse us from any form of doubt, pride, foolishness, or insecurity, that may cause for us to behave foolishly. Remind us Father, that it is far better to please you, than to try to convince others to think certain ways about us. May we all be exactly as you will for us to be, as we serve, and aim to please you. In the name of Christ Jesus the Lord we pray.
Have you had the pleasure to experience security of understanding?