Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
And Jesus increased in wisdom (in broad and full understanding) and in stature and years, and in favor with God and man.
I have been thinking about this concept the past few days and contrasting this verse with Luke 6:26, "Woe to (alas for) you when everyone speaks fairly and handsomely of you and praises you, for even so their forefathers did to the false prophets"(Amplified Bible, Classic Edition).
I find these two verses in contradiction. How can a person have favor and then be in danger of being found as false?
Could it mean that as we increase in wisdom and favor with God and man, that there is a danger of it "going to our heads"? Pride comes before a fall.
Classic Edition (AMPC)
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
It's a true blessing when God smiles on our lives, but in a way it is also a temptation as well. The temptation is that we may begin to think that we, in our own power caused people to praise us and speak well of us. Furthermore, another temptation would be to then say what others want us to say in order to maintain that good standing.
This is where a false prophet is made. No longer is the person God's mouthpiece, but a people-pleasing mouthpiece.
These verses don't contradict each other after all, but offer direction and a warning to remain humble and thankful for the favor that God bestows. And to never idolize the good things people say about us.
Bless you dear friends!