“Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf” -Proverbs 11:28
It is very easy to become arrogant. People have a tendency to create metaphoric walls between themselves and the world; between themselves and further knowledge, deeper understanding and even God.
It is very difficult to gain further understanding when one possesses an “I am right, no matter what” mentality. This arrogance prevents further growth, which routinely results in misery for the individual and those close to him.
Wisdom is not a set amount that a man can gather up and possess completely. It is something that is endlessly sought after and studied. Wisdom and understanding must be exercised routinely. Truly wise individuals are confident in themselves, in their own abilities, but because they are wise they are always open to further knowledge, deeper understanding, and ultimately even greater wisdom. In short, wise men embrace correction. It is essential to ensure lifelong growth and experiencing the realization of one’s true potential to intimately know wisdom.
Trust in your own riches and you will fall. Put another way, you are not the center of the universe. You are not bulletproof. Our own “riches”, our skills, talents, monetary wealth, intelligence and understanding, are NOT the be all and end all. There is much, much more! And the moment you begin to think of yourself as all-knowing, in God-like status, you are setting yourself up for a rather hefty fall.
The second part of this verse, “but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf”, reveals the benefits of embracing correction, fully learning from mistakes and living in wisdom. Wisdom impacts a man’s life fiscally, relationally, socially, giving him the greatest chance to thrive!
Simplified, to experience a life of joy, contentment and peace be open to correction and willing to work on yourself each and every day. This manner of living promotes a very strong foundation for your life. It ensures that any pitfalls experienced along the path can be minimized, and allows one to embrace a full, prosperous and meaningful existence.