Up Comes Down – Proverbs 29

Here’s an example of one of those backward effect principles. If I lift myself up in pride thinking that’s how I’ll gain honor, the reverse happens. It’ll bring me down. And if I think of myself in a level-headed way I’ll gain honor.

“A man’s pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.” Proverbs 29:23 NIV

It’s also level-headed thinking to realize God’s opinion of me is more important that man’s. I’ll be snared if I’m overly concerned about pleasing people. I’ll be kept in a safe place if I trust God.

“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” 29:25

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

One thought on “Up Comes Down – Proverbs 29

  1. Good words, Kathy! Here are my thoughts for the day:

    Proverbs 29:20
    “do you see a man who speaks in haste?
    There is more hope for a fool than for him.”

    How many times have I “stuck my foot in my mouth”? ‘spoken words without thinking, and then later (sometimes immediately) regretted them? And I certainly felt like a fool at those times! This verse says there is more hope for a fool than for the one who speaks in haste!

    So much better to keep my mouth shut until I’ve thought through what I want to say.

    God help me to be wise! Set a watch on my mouth so that when I do speak, it will be words that come from Your spirit – the spirit of love and grace.

    by marie whittaker


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