Good morning Lord, thank you for this day. I pray that You work in this life today. I pray that I don’t become ignorant to Your will as I go about my day. I want to see You working and to be an instrument in all things that bring You gkory. Amen.
Honor is no more associated with fools than snow with summer or rain with harvest. Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse will not land on its intended victim. Guide a horse with a whip, a donkey with a bridle, and a fool with a rod to his back! Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are. Be sure to answer the foolish arguments of fools, or they will become wise in their own estimation. Trusting a fool to convey a message is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison! A proverb in the mouth of a fool is as useless as a paralyzed leg. Honoring a fool is as foolish as tying a stone to a slingshot. A proverb in the mouth of a fool is like a thorny branch brandished by a drunk. An employer who hires a fool or a bystander is like an archer who shoots at random. As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness. There is more hope for fools than for people who think they are wise. The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion on the road! Yes, I’m sure there’s a lion out there!” As a door swings back and forth on its hinges, so the lazy person turns over in bed. Lazy people take food in their hand but don’t even lift it to their mouth. Lazy people consider themselves smarter than seven wise counselors. Interfering in someone else’s argument is as foolish as yanking a dog’s ears. Just as damaging as a madman shooting a deadly weapon is someone who lies to a friend and then says, “I was only joking.” Fire goes out without wood, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops. A quarrelsome person starts fights as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood. Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one’s heart. Smooth words may hide a wicked heart, just as a pretty glaze covers a clay pot. People may cover their hatred with pleasant words, but they’re deceiving you. They pretend to be kind, but don’t believe them. Their hearts are full of many evils. While their hatred may be concealed by trickery, their wrongdoing will be exposed in public. If you set a trap for others, you will get caught in it yourself. If you roll a boulder down on others, it will crush you instead. A lying tongue hates its victims, and flattering words cause ruin.
What did I learn from this chapter today:
Adding fuel to a fire. When there are quarrels, it is best to speak as little as possible. Words are fuel to a fire at times. I know this to be true and have been working on that piece for some time. To learn how to pause and wait for the Holy Spurit’s prompting is so important. When I speak and act out of anger or frustrations, I am being foolish and it will end up hurting me in the end.
Life is work. There are lessons to learned and growth taking place. True transformation is not easy. To sit back and choosing to not do the work before you is only going to hurt you in the end. Choosing to ignore God’s Word will only hurt you in the end. Truthfulness, honestly, integrity, loyalty, willingness, and longing for God’s wisdom and will to be played out in your life will bring you joy, peace, and true love. Sure, it will be challenging and there are times when I want to give up, but those are the moment when I allow Jesus to carry me through. Jesus loves us all and is happy to shelter us through the storms of life. All we have to do is ask.
My prayer for today:
Father, thank You for Your precious Son and the Holy Spirit that You so willing gave. Thank You for loving me despite my failures and shortcomings. Thank You for the loving people You have surrounded me with to lean on and walk with in this messy life. Please continue the work in me and help me through the hard times. Please keep this heart from hardening and help me to feel. I pray that everyone reading this would do the same. That they would look to You in all things and know that You are God. Let Your will be done Lord. In the precious name of Jesus I pray these things. Amen.