Have you ever been absolutely certain that you were right but then it turned out that you were wrong? What else would we expect from sinful pea brains? Yet we persist (from time-to-time) because we’ve lived all of 15 or 25 or 55 years, have met a few hundred people, traveled to 25 or 50 places, received a high school diploma, a bachelors, masters, or doctorate degree, and we’ve read some books and seen some movies. What else is there for us to know? Of course we’re ready to pronounce (with certitude) on every subject e.g., economics, politics, child-rearing, marriage, theology, pop culture and more.
Like Job, we often think we have a grip, but when God turned to question Job, he gave the only proper response, and one that we should give far more often: “Then Job answered the Lord and said: 4 ‘Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer You? I lay my hand over my mouth. 5 Once I have spoken, but I will not answer; yes, twice, but I will proceed no further” (Job 40:3-5). After God finished asking Job a number of questions he couldn’t answer, Job said: “You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know” (Job 42:3).
“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Pr. 16:18). Humility and grace, however, are always attractive.