Humility is the Beginning of Wisdom

But he gives greater grace. Therefore he says: God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble James 4:6

I have always been struck by the beautiful concept of paradox. The dictionary defines paradox as “a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true.”

The Bible talks about paradox all the time. Jesus talked about leaders being servants; Paul said that “when I am weak, then I am strong”; Jesus said “the meek shall inherit the earth”; James said, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds…” The list goes on and on.

We need to be open to the fact that what appears to be absurd, or contradictory, may lead us into real truth. We need humility to give up some of our opinions that may not be fully accurate. There may be other, or more information that we need to get the complete picture.

So, stridency in the current racial strife we are experiencing is not the answer to peace. In many of the demonstrations, we see how kneeling together, law enforcement officers and demonstrators, takes the tension out of the air and it unites them in a higher cause. Kneeling, a symbol of humility, seems to be the start of being able to communicate better.

So it strikes me that humility is the beginning of wisdom. Understanding that we do not have full understanding of matters, that there is more for us to learn, is the beginning of finding truth.  If we all recognize that there is something more we need to learn, and we kneel together, we have started on the beginning of wisdom.

Prayer: Lord we bow before you in humility. Help us be open to your truth, which sets us free, Amen.

 

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