When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
We all want to be a success. Solomon, who wrote these nuggets of wisdom, understood what it took to be successful. He gives us advice that is timeless – as true today as it was the day it was written.
In this proverb, he gives us two contrasting truths, one negative and one positive. The first deals with pride. Please understand, we all need a healthy amount of pride to be able to function correctly. Taking pride in your work is what helps you to advance. This is not the pride he is talking about here.
The pride that hurts me is the view that I’m better than everybody else. I guess it could best be described as arrogance. The rejection of any help from others is a symptom of this condition. After all, why would we need help from this rabble – they all need our help.
The problem with this kind of thinking is that it leads to disgrace. What that word literally means is that your opinion is largely ignored. Have you ever noticed that people who act like they know everything, are rarely gone to for advice. Solomon tells us that quickest way to being ignored is through arrogance.
Humility is just the opposite. It understands that there are people you need to go to for advice and help along the way. There are those who know more than you on certain subjects. As you listen to them and learn from their experience, you start to grow in wisdom and knowledge.
Eventually, people start seeing those same qualities in you. They come to you for advice. Humility is the road to advancement in the kingdom of God.
We all have the choice. Do we want disgrace or wisdom? The road we take determines our destination. If you want to be a person who influences the lives of others, then choose the path that leads through humility – it reaps the best rewards.