Proverbs Challenge, October 2016 – Day Seventeen


On this seventeenth day of our October, 2016, Proverbs Challenge, I am pondering the wisdom of verse 14 – “The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so abandon the quarrel before it breaks out” (NASB).  How wonderful it would be if all of God’s people would heed the imperative to “abandon the quarrel before it breaks out”!  Imagine a world filled with churches where no quarrel ever breaks out because God’s people choose to avoid the quarrel before it starts.  Imagine homes where no conflicts ever break into arguments filled with words that can never be called back because the ones who live in those homes choose to avoid the quarrels before they break out.  Imagine a world filled with marriages where no husband and wife ever quarrel to the point of “irreconcilable differences” because both choose to avoid the quarrel before it gets started.

As I reflect on the verse, I can see the truth of a little disagreement turning into a flood of anger, rage and resentment when people fail to abandon the temptation to quarrel at the first sign a quarrel is looming.  I pray that God will help me discover more of His wisdom and that He will help me commit to always “avoid the quarrel before it breaks out”.

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~ by brotherfaron on October 17, 2016.

One Response to “Proverbs Challenge, October 2016 – Day Seventeen”

  1. Again we see today many verses exhorting us to restrain our words. I looked up the definition of restrain, just to dig further past my understanding. One of the definitions is “to deprive of freedom of movement or personal liberty.” Putting this in context of verse 27 gives me a fuller understanding. If I deprive the freedom of movement of my words, I have (possess, demonstrate) knowledge.

    We have already read a multitude of verses so far in Proverbs about how to demonstrate knowledge. Knowledge is something for which we should seek. But possessing knowledge is not enough. We have to demonstrate it in our speech. The second part of the verse says that “he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.” This is the verb of that knowledge living out in our lives.

    After all, “even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise!”

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