Humble Yourself, Listen and Learn

I have written about how the book of Proverbs is one of my favorite books if not my favorite book of the Bible.

Proverbs 1:7 – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, fool despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 3:7 – Be not wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.

I wrote down these two verses because they speak about something I feel strongly about, humility.

There is wisdom in the poetry of King Solomon that is unsurpassed in all works through the ages.

It doesn’t matter if you do or don’t believe in God, there is no denying the wisdom and life lessons in this book.  To pass it off as some mythical comic book hokum is foolishness and fits right into these two verses.

Proverbs 1:7 – Again even if you don’t believe in God, humble yourself to realize what a tiny part of the universe you are.  Man has made huge scientific discoveries and gained extraordinary amounts of knowledge over thousands of years.  But all of this is insignificant when you think of the wonders and mysteries in the entire and never ending universe, and all that we have yet to discover. What man has gained is really nothing.

This verse is saying humble yourself because next to God or the universe you are nothing.

Do not think that because you have traveled in space, invented computers, discovered life saving medicines and all other kinds of wonderful things that you have now reasoned and learned all you need to know, that you are now God like.  And because you consider yourself almost God like you assume then there must be no God or force greater than you in the universe.

Proverbs 3:7 – This verse also speaks about humbling yourself and realizing you are just a speck, an invisible speck in the universe.  Your so called vast and superior wisdom and knowledge is only in your head. You are a legend only in your mind which is invisible.

So listen and learn.  Shut up about all the awesome and amazing things that you can do.  To the universe you are but a speck of dust riding on a neutron or proton.

Solomon knew all this without the benefit of seeing the earth from the moon’s perspective.  He didn’t need the internet, mass media, universities of higher learning, engineers, professors or a fat, bloated, bureaucratic government.

He knew this because he could feel it.  He knew this because, although he was the greatest, richest king and person of his time, he knew compared to the shear vastness of the universe and God he was but a speck of dust.

He knew this force could take all he had and crush it as if he never existed.

He was humble.  He listened and he learned.

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