Do you see a person wise in their own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for them.
The very sign of wisdom is knowing how little one knows. A person cannot attain wisdom until he recognizes how small he is in the universe. Thus, there are many persons with high IQs and with great knowledge, but are as fools. They mistake their small amount of knowledge for wisdom.
There is more hope for fools because some fools do know they are lacking in mental ability and through discipline can be trained to curb their folly. But the person wise in his own eyes cannot receive correction. He doesn’t believe he needs it. The idea is repugnant to him. It is not intelligence that keeps him from correction and certainly not wisdom. The wise person seeks knowledge and correction. It is pride that prevents him from humbly receiving needed correction. And pride is the most difficult barrier to break down, far more difficult than folly.
Remember this. However much people may protest that intellectual honesty keeps them from acknowledging God and his truth, the ultimate problem is pride. Until a person is willing to bow the knee before a Being who has absolute authority over him, he cannot attain wisdom. Until he is willing to acknowledge his utter dependence upon another for forgiveness and removal of sin, he cannot exercise wisdom. He may have a measure of discernment that compares favorably with the rest of mankind. God does give a measure of truth through general revelation. But without the humility to receive the truth of the gospel, that very measure of discernment will keep the individual from acknowledging the Truth. He will think he is on the right path, when he is as far away as the most foolish fool.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord…” (Proverbs 3:5-7a).
Praise the Lord.[a]
Praise the name of the Lord;
praise him, you servants of the Lord,
2 you who minister in the house of the Lord,
in the courts of the house of our God.
3 Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant.
4 For the Lord has chosen Jacob to be his own,
Israel to be his treasured possession.
5 I know that the Lord is great,
that our Lord is greater than all gods.
6 The Lord does whatever pleases him,
in the heavens and on the earth,
in the seas and all their depths.
7 He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth;
he sends lightning with the rain
and brings out the wind from his storehouses.
8 He struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
the firstborn of people and animals.
9 He sent his signs and wonders into your midst, Egypt,
against Pharaoh and all his servants.
10 He struck down many nations
and killed mighty kings—
11 Sihon king of the Amorites,
Og king of Bashan,
and all the kings of Canaan—
12 and he gave their land as an inheritance,
an inheritance to his people Israel.
13 Your name, Lord, endures forever,
your renown, Lord, through all generations.
14 For the Lord will vindicate his people
and have compassion on his servants.
15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
made by human hands.
16 They have mouths, but cannot speak,
eyes, but cannot see.
17 They have ears, but cannot hear,
nor is there breath in their mouths.
18 Those who make them will be like them,
and so will all who trust in them.
19 All you Israelites, praise the Lord;
house of Aaron, praise the Lord;
20 house of Levi, praise the Lord;
you who fear him, praise the Lord.
21 Praise be to the Lord from Zion,
to him who dwells in Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord.