Let Nothing Hinder You In Your Christian Walk
Proverbs 29:23 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
23 The Pride of man will bring him low,
but the lowly of spirit will obtain honor.
Maybe we are relatively new in the church and have been progressing spiritually for many months. On the other hand, maybe we have been a churchgoer for years and feel that we are a spiritually mature Christian. Then, one day a fellow believer counsels us. What he has to say, his honest observations can be very beneficial to us if we do not get defensive because of pride, trying to save face, or the temptation to rationalize, justify, or minimize our course. Or suppose you are involved in a church project with a fellow believer, will you secretively in your heart be overly concern with who gets the credit for what role you played in the project? The apostle Paul counseled, “nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, whether from you or from others …” (1 Tim. 3:1; 1 Thess. 2:6) How should any brother or sister performing some beneficial tasks within the congregation react if he or she receives sincere commendation for a job well done? Do you really understand that all of your achievements are possible only by God’s mercy and grace and that any future success will depend on God’s blessing and help?—1 Peter 4:11.
Max Anders writes,
29:23. God consistently operates on the principle that the first shall be last and the last first (Matt. 19:30), even in the Old Testament. The proud man tries to elevate himself, but God brings him low. The one with a lowly (same word used in the first line) spirit will be raised to a position of honor. One reason God chooses to break down pride is that it motivates a person to live independently of him. – Max Anders. Holman Old Testament Commentary – Proverbs: 13 (p. 186). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
Dave Bland writes,
29:23 The classic reversal statement is affirmed in the saying: A man’s pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor. The NIV captures nicely the wordplay found in the Hebrew text between the proud being brought low and the low of spirit brought to honor. All through Scripture, the LORD promises to humble the proud and exalt the humble (1 Sam 2:2–10; Luke 1:46–55). – Dave Bland, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes & Song of Songs, The College Press NIV Commentary (Joplin, MO: College Press Pub. Co., 2002), 267.