Sometimes Proverbs feeds your soul, and other times it stings just a little bit. I got hung up on the very first verse today, so much so that I couldn’t focus while reading the rest.
You see, the finger pointing that many Bible believing Christians engage in often involves using Scriptures like this to highlight someone else’s flaws. But, it’s more difficult to see our own misbehavior in the pages of this text.
That’s an easy trap to fall into, and one that takes great effort to avoid. So, when I read Proverbs 14:1 today, my mind immediately jumped to those women I know who fit the description. But, then the Lord stopped me in my tracks, leading me to ask myself, “Could this be me, too?”
This Proverb also tells us, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” When we are so right that we cannot see our own wrongs, death will surely come.
Death to our peace. Death to our joy. Death to our relationships. Death to our households. And, death to our ability to commune with God the way He wants us to.
So, yes, we’ve been blessed with the power to build our own houses. We work tirelessly for years doing so. Our houses have solid foundations and strong brick walls. We fill them with love and laughter.
Yet, we can tear them down with our own prideful hands, brick by brick. Our stubbornness can rust out every pipe. Our necessity to always be right and win every fight can burn the house down to the ground.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I can be guilty of this. But, so can you. True humility requires us to drop our defenses, and let the Lord do His work within us. Transformation is always the goal in our faith, until we breathe our last breath.