(Proverbs 17:14 KJV) The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.
We have more control at the “beginning” (7225) than any other time in “strife” (4066). Notice that this does not try to say that there will be no conflict. This is not about peace, it is about self control. We have the expression, “Nip it in the bud.” That is what we touch on here.
You can feel it coming. You know the tension is building. That is the time to make up your mind about the storm. If I check the weather and see 75% chance of rain and still go play golf, I have no one to blame but myself for the results.
So? Keep your eyes open. Stay alert. What is going on today? Tomorrow? Plan ahead when the storm clouds appear on the horizon.