Chapter 14 is chuck full of truths… where do I start? Please read it carefully – but here are a few observations.
There are several references to what makes a fool in this chapter. I know that you and I don’t want to be one, so we need to pay attention to what it says.
A fool’s proud talk becomes a rod that beats him, but the words of the wise keep them safe. (v.3)
Fools make fun of guilt, but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation. (v.9)
Short-tempered people do foolish things… (v.17a)
… a hot temper shows great foolishness. (v.29b)
What we say shows our heart. Be careful what you’re revealing when you open your mouth. Our temper makes us look foolish. It hurts us and our families so much.
Several verses deal with our emotions and our trust in God.
Laughter can conceal a heavy heart, but when the laughter ends, the grief remains. (v.13)
A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones. (v.3)
Peace only comes from God. It’s a fruit of the Spirit. So many Christians live without it and that life is so destructive.
The last three I want to share with you are my favorites:
Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest. (v.4)
Ministry is messy! Sometimes in the midst of complaining, we forget verse 4. Our barns can be spotless if we have no oxen – but then we go hungry. If there are cows in the barn – there’s a mess – but even that is a blessing from the Lord.
Those who fear the LORD are secure; he will be a refuge for their children. (v.26)
Verse 26 really strikes me. What I do affects my children so much! When I fear the Lord – that becomes a refuge for my kids!!
Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people. (v.34)
Our country and president need our prayers. Stop right now and pray for America and President Trump.
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor