Proverbs 30:21-23 For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear: For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat; For an odious woman when she is married; and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress.
As Agur continues his observations in life, he sees three things that are disturbing to humanity, and a fourth thing that is unbearable. What are these things?
First, there is the case of a servant who is abruptly exalted to the level of leadership. All too often, the responsibilities of this role will go to their head and they become obnoxious to deal with. I remember when I worked as a manager in a restaurant with two other managers, we all said, “If I would ever become the General Manager I will never be like the current General Manager.” Then, one of the people got the job. Overnight the power went to his head and he became an absolute tyrant until they finally fired him.
The second thing Agur sees is that when a person of lowly means is suddenly given all they could want they seem to forget where they came from. People who win state lotteries and squander it is often a great example of this timely truth.
The third disquieting thing is the broken home of an odious or hateful person when married. What normally brings great joy to most people, in being married and having a partner to enjoy life with, turns ugly. Instead of a house of joy, the partner soon becomes a full-time target for the others hate.
Finally, and worst is when someone whom you trusted catches the eye of your spouse. Slowly the affection, which should be given to you and your family, is taken away by another. Agur is so right. The wandering eyes of a spouse ruin many a home. Satan often uses this to not only to ruin homes, but also extended families, churches, and in some cases communities. This fourth thing we cannot and should not bear.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
We need to be thankful for how God has provided for our needs today. The grass is never greener on the other side once you get there. Grass is grass!
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