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

Say “I Was Wrong” – Proverbs 28

I remember watching an episode of “Happy Days” on TV in the 70s when the character Fonzie couldn’t say the words “I was wrong.” It looked like he was choking on his tongue, and watching him struggle made my jaw ache.

You’ve just gotta do it. There are repercussions if you can’t agree that you’ve done wrong. You won’t have resolution or clarity or freedom if you’re choked by your past. And this proverb says you won’t prosper or find mercy, either.

“He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” Proverbs 28:13 NIV

Soften your heart and trust God. Walk with him in his wisdom. Read his words and seek him every day so you can know him better, then you’ll avoid trouble.

“Blessed is the man who always fears the Lord, but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble.” 28:14

“He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.” 28:26

by Kathy Sheldon Davis