For the next several days I’ll be leading a daily reading of Proverbs. It is a book in the Bible which offers both practical wisdom and eternal perspectives. Join with me each day in reading a chapter. I will offer a reflection on one verse or topic from each chapter.
We are likely to do stupid things when we are mad. ALL of us have been there… we get mad and then say or do something that we regret later.
But there is a difference between those of us who have the occasional angry miss-step and others who make anger a way of life. We all know those people (friends, family, spouses, even ourselves) who just seem to always operate on anger and quick-temper. If we’ve experienced people like this we know… it is foolishness.
To call it ‘foolishness’ is NOT to make light of the situation. In the Bible, being called a ‘fool’ was serious business. A ‘fool’ was seen as a dangerous individual capable wrecking their own life and the lives of those around them.
Maybe now is a good time to look at how foolish we’ve been. Maybe now is a good time to be aware of the foolishness of those around us. Maybe now is the right time to begin seeking a better way.
A quick-tempered person does foolish things,
and the one who devises evil schemes is hated. (Proverbs 14:17)