O (Observation): The author notes that honor and humility are linked to one another. First, comes humility; then, honor. Where does this sense of humility come from? From learning to fear the Lord.
On “learning to fear the Lord,” my commentary shares the following:
The idea of the first line, “The fear of the Lord provides wise instruction,” is similar to Prov 1:7 and 9:10. Here it may mean that the fear of the Lord results from the discipline of wisdom, just as easily as it may mean that the fear of the Lord leads to the discipline of wisdom. The second reading harmonizes with the theme in the book that the fear of the Lord is the starting point.
To be wise is to declare that we cannot fully know the ways of The Lord, but then, should it be our duty to know all that The Lord knows? I don’t think so.
A (Application): Jim Collins, author of the renowned book Good to Great, he points out that great leaders are not made from certain personality styles or certain styles of leadership. Rather, the common element exhibited amongst those leaders who have seen their organizations go from good to great are: Humility, plus Will.
The humble leader accepts positive and constructive feedback and never presumes to be the smartest or most important person in the room (humility), yet also shows a strong desire towards a goal or vision (will).
I sense that Jesus was this way. He always knew his vision was to bring God’s Kingdom to earth and to equip the 12 for mission and ministry. Yet the manner in which Jesus pursued the will of God was a way of humility. Again, he did not compromise his beliefs, but pursued them with a humble gait, even to the cross.
What convictions do you hold dear? In what manner are you pursuing them?
P (Prayer): Lord, in what direction are you calling me? In what manner would you have me pursue your will? I wonder… Amen.