“Arrogance… I hate”
Four dynamics that Wisdom, the Lord, hates. Pride, arrogance, the way of evil, and perverted speech.
Arrogance…thinking you know and understand well enough to not need any help in a situation and that you view and treat anyone offering help, understanding, or counsel as inferior or worthless. This destroys the body’s interconnectedness (1 Cor. 12:21-26).
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“for my mouth will utter truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips.” -Proverbs 8:7 (ESV)-
Wisdom utters truth, not lies (Proverbs 8:7 above).
But these true utterances are done with prudence and discretion, in such a way that finessing, manipulation, or attempts to control a situation with fleshly, soulish, or even spiritual means to ensure a positive outcome for the one engaged in the situation.
Jesus (Matthew 10:16) invites finesse, manipulation, and control to die (Proverbs 3:5-6, Mark 8:34-35). By wisdom are the simple and foolish made wise.
Are your hands behind your back?
Some may ask,”What do you mean, David, are my hands behind my back?”
Let me explain.
Are you trying to use your finite resources and ingenuity to fix a situation so that it comes out in your favor? Or are you letting God work on your behalf and defend you?
If your hands remain behind your back and you are refusing to take the bait to defend yourself, God will step in, in His timing, and work on your behalf. He will put His hands into a situation and work. However, If you attempt to defend yourself and put your hands into the situation in order to fix it, God will step back and let you “handle” the situation, and He will put His hands behind His back.
So, whose hands are behind the back? Yours or His?
Whose hands are stronger? Yours or His?
Whose hands are more capable of fixing a situation? Yours or HIs?
Who do you want at work in a situation, even if the timing makes you uncomfortable? You or Him?
Put another way. Do we depend on our own resources, or do we depend on what Father give us a solution to work with, either in the form of a finished product, or raw materials with which to build?
He will make everything beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11), but you must give Father time to work.
This is one of the tests that believers must endure.
The test on waiting on vindication.
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