Proverb A Day: Proverbs 29
PROVERB A DAY
Pastor Kevin leads us through a daily thought on Proverbs 29.
Well, good morning everyone. Glad you’ve joined us again today. We’re looking at provers 29 this morning. And when I look there, there’s a couple of Proverbs that stand out that are addressing the same kinds of reality. We find them in verses 11 and verse 20.
Here’s what they both say. Verse 11 says, fools give full vent to their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back. Some other translations there will say that the wives keep themselves under control. So that’s verse 11. Verse 20 says this, do you see someone who speaks in haste? There’s more hope for a fool than for them.
So it’s pretty easy for us to see the connection. I think between venting our anger, like verse 11 says, and speaking in haste in verse 20, these are things that we’ve all been guilty of at different times. I, it’s tempting to do these things, especially I think in a season like we find ourselves in now when we’re finding ourselves in the midst of isolation, where in our homes around people all the time, we can find ourselves feeling more stress.
We could find ourselves feeling more on edge and our patients wearing more thin. So, so these are all tempting realities for us and understandable even. But, but it comes at a cost if we given to these things too often. Right? But the release of anger is followed by regret, regret over the things that we said. Too often the words that are spoken with heat and with haste can end up making things worse in the end.
And so our Proverbs today suggest a different way for us. They tell us that the wise quietly hold their anger back the wise keep themselves under control. And, and we hear the same message in the book of James in the new Testament as well, where we’re James one tells us that everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to become angry.
So this is important, obviously, but, but it’s not easy, right? It’s not easy, but it’s worth it. And it is possible. It’s something that we can foster in our lives by the help of the Holy spirit, right? We know that the fruit of the spirit, the evidence of the Spirit’s work in our life are things like patience and gentleness and self control.
These are the things that we can foster in our lives by the help of the Holy spirit. So you might want to carry these two Proverbs from provers 29 with you today, especially if you know that you’re going to be in a situation or you’re going to be with someone where your anger might be triggered now, where you might be tempted to speak with heat or with haste, ask God to give you the strength to be wise, to keep yourself under control today, grace and peace. Everyone