Gripe, gripe, gripe. As I look at my week I remember coming out of a meeting fuming and fussing at what I had been forced to endure. Last week I remember coming out of a meeting and making it very obvious that I was unhappy. I hate to admit it, but according to this I have been demonstrating a “fool’s” (191) response. I guess Proverbs isn’t always supposed to make us feel better.
A companion verse I notice is in verse 23,
(Proverbs 12:23 KJV) A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.“Vexation” (3708a) is easy to show. It would seem that showing it is bad. It marks us as a fool. When people get to us we are to hide it.
But wisdom is more than hiding what we feel. The NASB translates this “vexation” which misses the nuance of anger. This is not just being annoyed, it is being annoyed to the point of anger. I think that wisdom means not only more self control but a prospective that helps us rise above petty irritations.
Were the abuses I had to sit through worth getting angry over? Maybe, maybe not. If I don’t want to be a fool I need to show more self control and discipline.
So? There are times when we need to get upset and be public about it. Don’t waste your credibility by becoming known as the guy with the short fuse and pathetic bang.