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, January 30, 2018

A Prison of Stereotypes

(Proverbs 30:24 KJV)  There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:

Have you heard of the Napoleon Complex?  It is used to describe a perceived tendency of short people to try to compensate by being overly aggressive.  Obviously it does not apply to every vertically challenged person in the world but it is common enough that it has a name. 

This indicates that what is common is not predestined.  Here we have “little” (small NASB) (6996a) and “wise” (2450) linked making smallness a possible positive trait.  It is a warning about judging a book just by its cover.  It is a reminder that we should not allow ourselves to be locked into a prison of stereotypes.  I have certain physical characteristics that are linked with being stupid and clumsy.  I have learned to laugh at them.  We had dinner with a man who was really short.  It didn’t seem to bother him.

So?  There are many things we can get fixated on.  We need to remember that God made us the way we are in our basic form.  Sin and personal choices have modified that somewhat but the image of God that we were created in has not gone away.  Walk as a child of God no matter what your size. 

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