Proverbs 17:19

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by: FCC Staff

11/16/2020

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Our proverb for today starts off straight forward enough, “Whoever loves transgression loves strife” there are certainly times when people focus on the misdeeds of others, even themselves, and dwell in it as a lifestyle. We can think we are really fulfilled in our own lives when it is filled with drama, intrigue, and misfortune. We put others in their 'place' , take pride in our own wisdom, and set ourselves up as rulers of our own little world in which we are the center, and whatever whim crosses our minds we let the world know it’s our way or the highway.

After all, most stories would be pretty dull without a bad guy. Sometimes we even root for the villain because they bring so much drama to the narrative. But in reality, unless you WANT your life to be chaotic and full of strife like a reality TV show, you’re wise to sidestep transgressions and work to keep strife to a minimum in your day.

The second part of the proverb is less clear to us, “he who makes his door high seeks destruction.” What’s this about tall doors now? It’s a bad idea to have a big door? What this statement is referring to is more of what we would call a gate today, the entrance not to a room or a building, but into your property, or a courtyard perhaps.

If you set up a big, tall, fancy gate, it is signaling to the world you have money to spare, and good stuff inside worth protecting. So a big fancy gate can, in fact, invite trouble, when you are being ostentatious and attracting attention, you may get the attention of the wrong sorts of people.

Also in the world of scripture the mouth is often poetically referred to as a door. For instance, in Psalms 141:3 we read, “Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!” so a grand door, could be seen as lofty speech; you talk a big game for sure. But this kind of arrogance can often be very costly. We’ve all opened our 'big mouth' at times we should have known better and got ourselves in a mess.

So today we should learn from our proverb to avoid strife and destruction, or as we might say in our culture, drama and toxic behavior. We don’t really need either in our lives. But too often it is our own actions and words that invite these things into our lives. Staying humble, content and righteous before God is enough to keep us focused throughout the day. When we lose that focus and get riled up in worldly affairs, we invite all the chaos of the world into our lives.

Following Jesus ensures that while there is plenty of trouble in the world, we don’t have to let it stick to us. If we have wronged others, we can apologize. If they have wronged us, forgive. If we have strayed from the path of God, we can turn around and come back. We don’t need the headaches of getting involved with endless drama and strife. They can really rob us of our peace and focus on Christ. So today, let’s do our best to not invite more sinful behavior into our lives, or stand in our own pride which will ultimately lead to a fall.

Prayer for Today:

Father, keep me focused on your will today. Jesus, help me to seek first your kingdom, trusting that all I actually need today will be provided for me when I do. Guide me by your Holy Spirit that when transgression and strife comes my way, I can wisely cling to you and let it pass. Help me to trust in your ways today Lord. Make my paths straight and my heart humble. Amen

Our proverb for today starts off straight forward enough, “Whoever loves transgression loves strife” there are certainly times when people focus on the misdeeds of others, even themselves, and dwell in it as a lifestyle. We can think we are really fulfilled in our own lives when it is filled with drama, intrigue, and misfortune. We put others in their 'place' , take pride in our own wisdom, and set ourselves up as rulers of our own little world in which we are the center, and whatever whim crosses our minds we let the world know it’s our way or the highway.

After all, most stories would be pretty dull without a bad guy. Sometimes we even root for the villain because they bring so much drama to the narrative. But in reality, unless you WANT your life to be chaotic and full of strife like a reality TV show, you’re wise to sidestep transgressions and work to keep strife to a minimum in your day.

The second part of the proverb is less clear to us, “he who makes his door high seeks destruction.” What’s this about tall doors now? It’s a bad idea to have a big door? What this statement is referring to is more of what we would call a gate today, the entrance not to a room or a building, but into your property, or a courtyard perhaps.

If you set up a big, tall, fancy gate, it is signaling to the world you have money to spare, and good stuff inside worth protecting. So a big fancy gate can, in fact, invite trouble, when you are being ostentatious and attracting attention, you may get the attention of the wrong sorts of people.

Also in the world of scripture the mouth is often poetically referred to as a door. For instance, in Psalms 141:3 we read, “Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!” so a grand door, could be seen as lofty speech; you talk a big game for sure. But this kind of arrogance can often be very costly. We’ve all opened our 'big mouth' at times we should have known better and got ourselves in a mess.

So today we should learn from our proverb to avoid strife and destruction, or as we might say in our culture, drama and toxic behavior. We don’t really need either in our lives. But too often it is our own actions and words that invite these things into our lives. Staying humble, content and righteous before God is enough to keep us focused throughout the day. When we lose that focus and get riled up in worldly affairs, we invite all the chaos of the world into our lives.

Following Jesus ensures that while there is plenty of trouble in the world, we don’t have to let it stick to us. If we have wronged others, we can apologize. If they have wronged us, forgive. If we have strayed from the path of God, we can turn around and come back. We don’t need the headaches of getting involved with endless drama and strife. They can really rob us of our peace and focus on Christ. So today, let’s do our best to not invite more sinful behavior into our lives, or stand in our own pride which will ultimately lead to a fall.

Prayer for Today:

Father, keep me focused on your will today. Jesus, help me to seek first your kingdom, trusting that all I actually need today will be provided for me when I do. Guide me by your Holy Spirit that when transgression and strife comes my way, I can wisely cling to you and let it pass. Help me to trust in your ways today Lord. Make my paths straight and my heart humble. Amen

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