Google+ 01/15/14 Humility Precedes Honor!

Proverbs 15:31-33

 

If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise.

If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself;
    But if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding.

Fear of the Lord teaches wisdom; humility precedes honor.

 

In part seven of our ten-part devotion series entitled, "Whither or Grow...Our Choice!" Solomon regales us with yet another very wise thought.  Churches are the most difficult place to find wise advice.  Yes, I said that out loud!  In the world, we are very accustomed to hearing all kinds of wrong information.  On back-to-back days, we can hear the media tell us that we should eat or drink something because it is healthy for us, only to find, the next day, that it might kill us!  Infomercials pay large amounts of money for celebrity spokespeople to endorse their product so that we buy it in large quantities.  When people enter churches, they expect Godly advice.  The problem is that they often don't get it.  Pastors, believe it or not, have a very difficult time discerning constructive criticism from complaining.  The Bible tells us that we must separate ourselves from those who are constantly negative and "attack" church leadership.  These actions are the works of Satan, who is alive and well in our world each day.  On the other hand, constructive correction, as Solomon reports, helps us grow in understanding.  A healthy fear of God will always teach wisdom and humility.  I have shared with my congregation on numerous occasions my fear of God.  I have simply come to a point in my life where I am afraid to not be obedient.  As our Scripture tells us, if we reject God and His regiment for our life, we are harming ourselves.  If we are to grow in Christ, churches and ministers need to work more diligently at being Godly!  We should listen to wise counsel.  We should have a healthy fear of being disobedient.  And remember this point when it is time to give credit where credit is due.  "Humility Precedes Honor!"