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.

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Knowing the Difference

(Pro 20:3 KJV)  It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

My first reaction to this verse is to nod my head wisely.  If I am having a typical day I then move on feeling good about myself.  Unfortunately, or fortunately depending how you look at it, the Holy Spirit does not let it go at that.  There are always the days when it become clear that I am better described in the second part than the first.  

“Meddling” (quarrel NASB) (1566) is not always broadcast or obvious.  In fact we get really good at holding them below the radar.  The option here is not winning or losing.  It is not keeping our powder dry.  It isn’t retreating to fight again.  That is what the fool does.  I must confess it is what I do too often.

The goal is to let it go and move on.  The goal is not to win.

So?  This is easy to say but hard to practice.  We have heard the prayer of Reinhold Niebuhr about courage, patience and wisdom.  Maybe that should be our prayer too. 

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