(Pro 21:23 KJV) Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
Watching your mouth protects the “soul” (5315) from the many “troubles” (6869a) that are waiting. Our spiritual side represented by the soul is always tied in with our temporal side. These troubles fit in that category. In looking at the word the most terrifying trouble is found in childbirth. To multiply the problem it is a first child. These are things that we must go through but wish could be dealt with more gently.
The implication is that we will see trouble in our lives. Try to avoid people who tell you that life will be a bed of roses or if you have problems it is because you don’t have enough faith. If you have trouble with that think of David, a man after God’s own heart, being chased from his palace by his son. Or think of Jesus in the Garden wishing there was another way to save mankind. Then you have Paul asking that the thorn of flesh be removed. If you got problems, you also got good company.
So? Rejoice because there are ways to reduce the suffering.
Saturday, March 21, 2020
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