“As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. Even as fools walk along the road, they lack sense and show everyone how stupid they are. If a ruler’s anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great offenses to rest.”
Today’s world is full of people who claim to know everything. When an issue arises on the news, people on social media fling insults, opinions, and comments around as if they were throwing out beads at Mardi Gras. No one has control over his tongue. Quarrels arise in an instant, and combatants argue over meaningless things all for the sake of pride. Why? Why do we argue just to argue, pretend understanding just to feign knowledge, and try to derail or cripple one another? Should we not build each other up with praise?
God tells us to “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” – Psalm 100:1-2.
If we are to come before the Lord with thanksgiving and praise, should we not do the same to those around us? Have you noticed how a gentle spirit can conquer the most wicked of souls? When you’re the one being mean and lashing out at someone, but their response is peace, forgiveness, and patience. Do you know how you feel? Do you remember how you retaliated? At first, we lock up. We shut down and raise our defenses higher in preparation for war. But, as they continue their kindness towards us, we begin to crumble. Something within us breaks and slowly falls away. Do you remember how you felt in that moment? Ashamed? Guilt? Remorse? Confusion?
It is better to be wise, slow to anger, and quick to listen than walk the earth as a fool. Some may take offense to their foolish ways, but being a fool does not depict your worth or identity, nor does it state that you’re unintelligent or incapable of redemption. Being a fool only means that you’re thinking, speaking, or behaving foolishly. Think about it. Does a fisherman catch fish by casting out stones? No! He catches them with a net or a hook. It is the same with life. It’s easy to become foolish and believe we are right and that the whole world is against us. Have you ever stopped to wonder, maybe the world isn’t against you, maybe you’re against the world? Sometimes God allows us to waddle in our foolish ways until we reach a breaking point of depression, anger, desperation, confusion, or doubt. Sometimes this is through loss, sometimes this is through sickness or emotional weakness. In our darkest moments, God does not leave us nor banish us to deal with our sins on our own. He may have allowed the suffering, but He did so to build us up and help us out of the thicket of thorns we fell into.
“Those who are wise will instruct many, though for a time they will fall by the sword or be burned or captured or plundered.” – Daniel 11:33
You may feel as though your patience and strength are weaning. Perhaps that person you’ve been dealing with is wearing you down and their anger or foolishness seems to only grow. Stay faithful. Perhaps that situation doesn’t seem to be getting any better. Maybe you’re still in debt or bills keep on rising. If it’s not one thing it’s another. Right? Wrong! Adjust your perception of the world around you, the people in your life, and the circumstances that are with you for this season. When you stop looking inward and absorbing negativity, you’ll soon see the beauty that is all around you. Pain and difficulty will no longer control you. You become you’re own ruler. And you’ll start seeing the miracles that happen every day and no longer take each breath for granted.
A wise person is one who gives it all to God and trusts Him to lead the way. His path is always true. It does not mean it’ll be void of difficulty, hardship, or pain; but He does promise you’ll be encompassed with a peace that transcends all understanding and be with Him one day in paradise.
“Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.” – Daniel 12:3
Shine bright today. In a world full of darkness and selfishness, it’s easy to see a spark flare to life. I assure you, even if no one says it, kindness, love, patience, and self-control are the first things to be noticed. Be kind. Be love. And be the light of the world. You can change the heart of one person without saying a word through your meek and humble spirit.