7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. 8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.

Do not be wise in your own eyes. Saul could have used this verse to set him straight. “Samuel said, “Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The LORD anointed you king over Israel.” 1 Samuel 15:17. At one time, Saul was not haughty or proud. He was humble. But power corrupted him and the implication of the words, “you were once small in your own eyes” is that Saul was no longer the humble servant that he once was.

Do not be wise in your own eyes. We are called to put others first, encourage and lift up those around us. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2:3-4. If my focus is on myself and what I know then I can’t be open to the needs of others around me.

Do not be wise in your own eyes. We know only part of the story. Our wisdom is so flawed and partial in comparison to God’s wisdom. “For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” 1 Corinthians 1:25. God is the source of all true wisdom. He gives wisdom to those who ask for it. But you have to admit that you are lacking it to know that you need to ask for it.

Lord, help me to be humble, others focused, and dependent on your guidance each day. Amen.