Are You A Know-It-All?

Are You A Know-It-All?

Written by Julie Tsoukalas

Sometimes we think we know everything. Well, we know we don’t know everything, but we act like we do sometimes in order to impress other people.  Have you ever had a conversation with someone, and they bring up a topic you know very little about, and instead of just listening and learning from them, you feel compelled to try and sound intelligent? So you bring up random (and dare I say inaccurate) facts you read on social media, or the internet- but before you can get very far, the other person is stifling laughter and correcting you. That never feels good. And it doesn’t make us look very good, either.

Have you ever done that when God’s Word convicts you? I would say very few of us like being corrected. Our human pride gets bent out of shape when we’re told we are wrong. Maybe that’s just me? #DoubtIt

Israel had the same problem. God rebukes them in the book of Isaiah:

Isaiah 5:13 Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.

Sometimes we get on a wrong path, or in a wrong way of thinking. And when someone tries to help us out of it, instead of being teachable, humble, repentant, we can dig in our heels and become even more stubborn that we are right. God warns us that isn’t good, either.

Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

It’s easy to convince ourselves we are okay. That what we think, or what we do is alright- even when we know in our heart it is sinful. We can become wise in our own eyes, and even get to the point where we think bitter things are sweet! That is a dangerous place to be!  God’s Word is always right and good. And He sends us fellow believers to help us get back on track. Sometimes it hurts when we are corrected, and we are embarrassed at having been wrong, but the alternative is certainly not worth holding on to our pride.

Isaiah 5:24 Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

We can become wise in our own eyes… That is a dangerous place to be!

Let us not cast away the law of the Lord, or be wise in our own eyes, but cling to the Word and be teachable, humble, correctable.

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