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

By Kathy Sheldon Davis

Kathy Sheldon Davis, contributing author of Jesus Talked to Me Today and a finalist for the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade award, lives with her husband, Jerry, in the Willamette Valley. Kathy enjoys mentoring and editing for other writers, making strangers into friends, and celebrating holidays with her extended family. She has written for Pathways—Moments with God since 2016 and posts devotionals on her blog at kathysheldondavis.com .

1 comment

  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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