Boasting

  1. The first two verses of Proverbs 27 are about boasting.
  2. “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” And, “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.”
  3. Don’t say what’s going to happen. You don’t know. Just like today’s troubles are sufficient for today so are today’s joys. Be content with what’s before you today.
  4. The other proverb is about not praising yourself. That would be akin to the warning in other chapters to not be wise in your own eyes. Don’t think highly of yourself. If you think highly of yourself, you don’t know yourself very well. There is no good thing in us. I know there is no good thing in me apart from God. I am convinced that I am nothing, can do nothing, and have nothing to offer.
  5. Anything we do that’s good and lasting must be accomplished by God. Our human efforts will produce earthly results. The things of this earth are temporal. Lasting fruit is eternal. Even if we accomplish something, it’s not to brag about. It’s not brag worthy that you acted without God and accomplish something that won’t last. If something true was accomplished, it was God’s doing. We don’t get to brag about that. But we can brag on God.
  6. There are a few proverbs about the faithful friend who gives the rebuke and the needed counsel, even when it’s hard to hear. A friend does it in love, not in needing to be right or heard. If your heart is pure, you can speak the hard word to a friend.
  7. We all know that trials and troubles test us. But verse 21 tells us that we are tested by our praise. When we are praised, it can reveal our hearts. What’s there?