Time to Think

Proverbs 27:15-16  

“A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike. Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself.”
Changing Schedule

On a practical note, Proverbs 27:15 and 16 were originally scheduled for two separate posts. But on further reflection, they seemed to be better suited to be covered in one post. At first I did not think this was a wise idea, having always read verse 15 by itself. However, when I began reading these two verses together, it seemed obvious they were meant to be that way.

Therefore, instead of having a day with nothing said, you are receiving a bonus! Tomorrow we will look at these verses in more detail.

In the meantime…

Choosing Words

One of the greatest lessons a wise man can learn is when to speak…and when NOT to speak. This is especially true for men who are married (to women, that is). There is always a price to pay when we fail to choose our words carefully.

When I shared with my wife what I was going to be addressing for today’s “thought,” she made her thoughts very clear: “I hope you let everyone know that your wife is NOT like that.”

So, if I am supposed to write about Proverbs 27:15-16, how am I supposed to do it as one with any experience? If I say, “I know what Solomon’s talking about,” then I am certain to suffer. If I confess that I have never experienced the continual dropping of a very, very, almost endless rainy day, then my wisdom might be called into question. What should I do?

Suggestions

Dear friends, what are YOUR thoughts? How do YOU think I should handle this?

But before you make any suggestions, read the selected passage in the New Living Translation. I would hate for you to underestimate the gravity of the task ahead of me.

“A quarrelsome wife is as annoying as constant dripping on a rainy day. Stopping her complaints is like trying to stop the wind or trying to hold something with greased hands.” – NLT

If I get this wrong, my lovely, pleasant, peaceful, easy-going, wife could choose to make my days very rainy, indeed.

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About Anthony Baker

Husband, dad, pastor/preacher/teacher, musician, and Time Magazine's Person of The Year in 2006 (no joke!). Loves coffee (big time), good movies, and sarcastic humor. His tombstone will read, "I Can't Believe He Actually Said That!" Most importantly, a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. All glory belongs to Him. View all posts by Anthony Baker

2 responses to “Time to Think

  • Chris Jordan

    Pastor Anthony,
    I applaud you for taking on the task of addressing the content of this Scripture! Part of our jobs as pastors is to minister the whole (entire) Word of God to our people. This is one of the reasons why I will often preach a series through an entire book of the Bible – not exclusively, but often. In doing so, we as the teachers are forced to confront and address Scriptures and themes that we might otherwise ignore.
    But – as you brought up in your post – what are we to do when we come across a passage of Scripture that we have no personal experience of? For example, if a young minister is unmarried, does that mean he must neglect or ignore the principles of God’s Word that address marriage? I don’t think so. Having said that, some would argue that they would have a hard time taking instruction from someone teaching on a subject they have no personal experience with (i.e. marriage). It is during those times that we can share from the personal experiences of others – either in the Bible, from history or biographies, or living people we are in relationship with.
    Ultimately, we need to be teaching our people that it is the Bible that gives wisdom for people’s lives, and not us as the ministers of that Word. Our job is simply to share the wisdom of the Bible with others.
    Of course, the most powerful truths we can share are those that we have learned and applied to our lives first – in those situations where it is possible. (For example, if I am going to preach on living a holy life, it would make sense that I should be endeavouring to live a holy life myself, and preaching what I practice).
    Anyway, enough of my ramblings… look forward to reading your post!

    • Anthony Baker

      Thank you so much, Chris. As it stands, I have not completed the post for this passage. I am still working on it. I hope everyone will understand and forgive me for it being late. I am sure they would not want me to say anything that would lead to me sleeping on the couch or divorced 😉

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