Proverbs 20:1-4 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul. It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling. The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
“Meet me in the street at high noon.” Oh, how many times have we heard this line in our favorite westerns? The bad guy calls the good guy out to the street. They face each other, gun hands poised over their trusty six-shooter. People are running everywhere. Women are getting the children in off the streets. Now the stare down begins, and in just a split second… BANG… and someone falls to the ground. After a few parting words by the mortally wounded, their eyes close and someone begins to cry for the loss of the life.
Did all of that have to happen? The tough man today will say, “YES,” you have to defend your honor. You must go out and stand up for what’s right.
However, the Bible says, “NO.” In fact, Prov. 20:3 says it’s honorable for a man to cease from strife or conflict. The verse goes on to say the “FOOL will be meddling.” According to God’s law, the one who made the challenge should be locked up for attempting to destroy God’s creation. Both physical and spiritual destruction are wrong according to the word of God. In Prov. 11:9, it says “An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour:” Defaming someone’s character is the same as destroying the man. The Bible calls it sin.
God says vengeance is mine. We do not have to get even, or even prove ourselves to anyone. We simply need to walk in the Lord, letting Him defend whomever and whatever is His. It may not make for a good western movie, but it makes for a much better and more peaceful reality in life.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
Let’s put away foolish things. Meddling does no one any good, including you. We are to exhort one another, not extort from one another. In other words, let’s help each other through life and not tear one another down. It’s time to hang up them there six-shooters partner and spend more time in prayer.
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Jeremiah 17-21 / Proverbs 20:1-4
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Psa. 52-57 / Rom. 7
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