Happy New Year! For this week’s second edition of the Sunday Devotional, a passage for you from Proverbs 23:9…
“Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.”
What a lot of people still don’t realize is that the Bible has many words of wisdom in it that anybody can apply to their everyday life. My take is that in that way, it’s unlike any other religious book out there. The lesson that can be taken from Proverbs 23:9 is that some people, no matter how hard you try, are set in their ways and cannot be taught differently, even when they’re wrong. You may know something that they don’t know, but they don’t care. They will not see you when you take action and set an example. They will not hear you no matter how clearly you explain to them why they are wrong. The problem with fools — or ignorant people — is that they believe they already have enough wisdom or at least more wisdom than you. Ignorance is an unfortunate condition of the mind, like having blinders up while driving. For too many people, this is a permanent condition.
Therefore, what God is telling us here is don’t bother trying to show a fool/ignorant the light. Trying to will only result in a waste of your own precious energy. Leave it up to God — because yes, some people change, but on their own accord. They only change the way they live their lives by acts of God known as miracles. The Lord blesses those who want to change for the better. You do not have that ability. So as soon as you discover the person you’re interacting with is an ignorant person, discontinue any argument or debate with them and if you must, walk away from them. Do not tell them that they are ignorant or use any other triggering language. Otherwise, things can get out of hand quick. After you’ve successufully done that, remember that not everyone can be saved. Remember too that the only thing that could have been accomplished was them bringing out the worst in you. We all get judged in the end. Just leave it at that.
Have a blessed day!