I Have Decided – Proverbs 26

 Today’s post comes from Sarah Buss, Children’s Minister at C3. 

The Choice is Yours: Foolishness or Faith? 

Today’s Reading: Proverbs 26

Today’s Key Scripture: Proverbs 26:1,3 “Honor is no more associated with fools than snow with summer or rain with harvest…Guide a horse with a whip, a donkey with a bridle, and a fool with a rod to his back!”

Mr. T said it best when he exclaimed, “I pity the fool!” No one wants to be considered a fool. Sadly, however, when I read through Proverbs 26, I am convicted of choices I make daily that would make Mr. T jump out of his mohawk-adorned body. I don’t want to be considered a fool, however, 2 Timothy 1:7 explains to me that God has given me the power of self-control. I have the power to choose whether or not my behavior will exhibit that of a woman of faith or foolishness.

King Soloman painted quite the picture of a fool in this Proverb. Two things that struck me upon reading through this scripture were:

1) A fool chooses not to show honor.

Verse 1 says, “Honor is no more associated with fools than snow with summer or rain with harvest”. The Bible says that we are to honor everyone (1 Peter 2:17). It does not mention being exempt from showing a person honor when we are offended or hurt by their actions. We are simply called to honor. I often find myself speaking words of dishonor towards an individual when I feel that I have experienced an injustice or personal attack. My defenses rise up and my mouth spouts off. A person of faith will remember that God is our vindicator. He asks us to trust Him to defend us (1 Samuel 24:15).

2) A fool chooses not to be teachable.

Verse 3 states, “Guide a horse with a whip, a donkey with a bridle, and a fool with a rod to his back!” I came on staff at C3 almost two years ago after spending fifteen years in the public school system as an elementary school teacher. I had become comfortable in my profession. Teaching was something I felt I did well, and I rarely received correction. When I became the children’s minster, I soon found myself stretched beyond expectation. I had to learn how to build a team, write curriculum, have tough conversations, and run a weekend service. It was easy for me, when caught in a “teachable moment” with an authority figure, to become defensive and make up excuses for the calls I had made. In these circumstances, a person of faith will realize that we are to embrace discipline and learn from our mistakes. Fools allow discipline to breed defense while people of faith allow discipline to breed development of character and craft.

Prayer Focus: God, I thank you for the power of self-control that you give me. Help me to access it daily as I choose to act in a way that makes me more of a person of faithfulness and less of a person of foolishness. Help me to be intentional in my words and actions. May they be full of honor and humility as I seek to make choices that ultimately honor you and in turn, make me a person of high character and morals. Amen.