Proverbs 3:7, “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”
With wisdom comes humility. If you have ever watched someone who thought they were very wise, it is obvious that they are also very prideful. This sin of pride maneuvers its way into the heart and soon pride overtakes the wisdom and it appears foolish. I’ve witnessed many speakers who felt their wealth of knowledge and experience were above all others and they seemed disconnected from reality. But that again is the work of pride. When we seek after mercy and truth and humbly come before our God, we learn when there is a time to speak and a time to be quiet. It’s in those times that we are obedient to His instructions that we do not reflect the image of a foolish man.
We must be careful to constantly check our heart motive as we gain knowledge and understanding because we often cannot see when pride enters in. 1 John 2:15 reminds us that all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh or eyes and the pride of life are not of the Father, but they are of the world. So, let us depart from anything that draws attention to us and let us bring the glory back to God. For it is by Him that we are called and sustained.