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.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Don’t Be a Trouble Maker

(Proverbs 11:29 KJV)  He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

What are the nuances of “troubles” (5916)?  Does this relate to the NT verse that talks about not provoking your children?
    Ephesians 6:4 And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
We have a verb that brings on the noun.  If you trouble, you will have trouble.  This could be caused by what Paul calls “provoking.”  It could be caused by nagging.  The word means to “stir up, disturb.”  Wrapped up in it is selfishness and ego.  Based on all the other places in Proverbs where it talks about obeying the law and following the commandments this is not a matter of risking trouble by standing up for what is right.  This is standing up for what is wrong.

So?  “Because I said so” should not be the primary reason you take a stand.  Sometimes it is the last answer because the other person won’t listen to anything else.  You know you say so because God said so, they may only be willing to listen to you. 


SLW said...

A correction is never trouble, a corruption is always.

Pumice said...

And we would have less corruption if we had more correction.

Grace and peace.