An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Man, Oh, Man

(Proverbs 25:24 KJV)  It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.

As I read this verse again my mind wandered off into the gender wars and our culture’s push toward a politically correct gender neutrality.  You don’t find that position in the Bible.  There are lessons to be learned in reality that you don’t see when you refuse to see. 

Several times Proverbs addresses the theme of this verse.  Each time it is advice to the man living with a woman who makes life miserable.  Why is there nothing the other way?  Was it because men are never hard to live with?  I doubt it.  The thing that I was seeing this time is that there are situations that we can do nothing about and we need to live with them.  That would be the position of married women in that culture.

I know we don’t like to be told that all problems cannot be solved.  It is true anyway.  Remember Paul asked three times to have his thorn in the flesh removed.  Remember that Jesus asked to go to plan B in the garden of Gethsemane.  The answer to both was “No.”

So?  Sometimes all we can do is soldier on.  His grace is sufficient.


Gorges Smythe said...

How true; how true!

Pumice said...

I Jesus couldn't always get a "yes" then it isn't surprising that we don't either.

Grace and peace.