10/22/2010

Building Greatness, Having Greatness (Prov. 24:3-6)

Surely, there is none who doesn't desire greatness. The question is "How?"

Building greatness: Prov. 24:3,4 says that to build a house requires wisdom, understanding, and knowledge. The house could be a building, or is symbolic of a man's character, his family, or a fine enterprise or dynasty. Perhaps, the greatest character traits to build are the hardest--humility and meekness (Matt. 11:29), gentleness and kindness (Gal. 5:22,23)--while virtually anyone, even a fool, can act tough and throw his own weight around.

Having greatness: Prov. 24:5 says, "A wise man is full of strength" (ESV); "A wise man has great power" (NIV). A wise man also enhances his might (ESV), and increases strength (NIV). How is this done? Prov. 24:6 says, "...for waging war you need guidance, and for victory many advisers." No one ever becomes great alone; no one ever becomes wise alone (Prov. 11:14, 12:15, 13:10): http://westloop-church.blogspot.com/2010/10/wisdom-is-found-in-those-who-take.html

Ultimately, no man's true greatness, power or strength ever comes from himself, but from God. Paul said, "For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds" (2 Cor. 10:4).

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