Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.
As soon as you think you’re wise, boom, you’ll be proven false. That’s because wisdom is never something you arrive at. Wisdom is a life-long journey and pursuit. We should be growing wiser and wiser all the time, but none of us will ever arrive at the point of being truly wise. Even the wisest man who ever walked the face of the earth (besides Jesus) knew that he would never be truly wise.
This is the point of wisdom – to be always learning and growing. We are supposed to be continuously improving and learning how to be better at who God made us to be. We don’t ever arrive at a destination and stop growing and changing.
As soon as you stop to think you’re wise, you will certainly find that you have something else to learn. And if you find that you’re as wise as you can be, then you should really start to take a careful look at your life. Because if you don’t see any room for improvement, then you are on your way to becoming a fool. And that’s not a good direction to be heading in.
Instead, consider that we are to be humble and give God glory with the lives that we lead. And to live a life that gives glory to God means that we have to be in constant pursuit of Him and His ways. How can we live such a life if we feel like we have arrived.
God is the author of wisdom, not us. If we ever see ourselves as being wise, then isn’t that like saying we have achieved our godhood status? And if we think we’re there, don’t you think storm clouds will start forming over your head and lighting bolts strike you in the face? I do. Maybe not literally. But maybe.
Let us all develop a lifestyle that looks at our lives in such a way as to see where we need to gain more wisdom, and then try to work on those areas. If we do this, we will always have hope.