Stress Free Wisdom – Proverbs 20

It’s not cowardly to avoid strife (discord, controversy, conflict, quarrel or fight). In fact, this proverb says it’s honorable. It also shows me that jumping into a quarrel isn’t wise.

“It is to a man’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.” Proverbs 20:3 NIV

And if I’d be tempted to get caught up in some drama of my own, this proverb reminds me that sometimes administering justice is not my job. In fact, I’m convinced it would be far more rewarding to wait for the Lord of heaven and earth to deliver me.

“Do not say, ‘I’ll pay you back for this wrong.’ Wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.” 20:22

I can just see this guy looking for strawberries in his garden when he didn’t plant any. I used to have chickens, and it would’ve been ridiculous for me to look for eggs in the nests when I hadn’t taken care to keep my flock healthy. Better yet, imagine waiting for a paycheck in the mail when you hadn’t shown up for work for 6 weeks. Like my youth pastor said a long time ago (a very long time ago), “No workie, no eatie.”

“A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.” 20:4

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

Consider the Ant – Proverbs 6

“Go to the ant, you sluggard…” It almost sounds like pirate talk, doesn’t it! Of the 35 verses in Proverbs 6, this little passage is the one that stands out to me on January 6, 2013.

“Go to the ant, you sluggard. Consider its ways and be wise. It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.” Proverbs 6:6-7 NIV.

My first thought is that we don’t need someone to rule over us in order to do well, like a perfect boss or government official. A little bug is wise enough to prepare for what’s ahead (winter) by storing food when it’s available (summer). No one is cracking the whip over him, yet he works hard with his comrades every day of his life. No leader, no commander; he just does what he’s designed to do. This proverb is telling me to learn from him.

Here’s what I’m seeing; though my resources may be few, I have enough to be diligently laying some aside for the future – if I’m wise, work hard and do it.

“Consider its ways and be wise.”

by Kathy Sheldon Davis