21 For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear:
22 For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat;
23 For an odious woman when she is married; and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress. (KJV)
21 Under three things the earth trembles; under four it cannot bear up:
22 a slave when he becomes king, and a fool when he is filled with food;
23 an unloved woman when she gets a husband, and a maidservant when she displaces her mistress. (ESV)
Out of Place
There are some things that simply should not be.
A liberal should not lead a conservative gathering. A coffee shop should not try to serve gourmet three-course meals. An atheist should not lead a religious meeting.
These would be out of place, and it would lead to problems.
The Bible tells us some things out of place are:
- A servant or slave who becomes a king. He may wish to exact revenge on those who were wealthy, and he may become a tyrant.
- A fool who is full. This is the person who is easily addicted to things. When combined with power, this is a truly dangerous person.
- An unloved woman who gets married. This is a woman who does not know how to love or be loved. She is controlling (through emotions, physical actions, and/or psychological manipulation), contentious, and/or quarrelsome (such as Proverbs 19:13 , 21:9, 25:24, and 27:15).
- A servant who replaces her master. This is the person who gains undeserved influence over others, and can easily lead others down wrong paths.
Some simple truths
The point of all of this is that it is not good for something or someone to be out of place.
A person who cannot handle confrontation or difficult decisions should not be in leadership.
A person with unresolved emotional issues should not offer counsel to others.
A person who does not understand matters of faith should not lead ministries.
A person who is prideful, arrogant, and selfish is unsuited to lead others in charity.
The good news is that our loving Lord can redeem all of us who struggle in any of these areas! May we turn to Him to change our minds, hearts, and lives to do mighty things for His glory!
Great Lord, grant us Your wisdom and understanding. Help us to overcome our selfish and arrogant ways, and change our hearts and minds. Redeem our lives to Your glory!
January 21st, 2014 at 10:08 am
I was wondering how you would tackle the “odious woman” part. Tricky.
January 21st, 2014 at 1:47 pm
Clearly, I handled it very carefully!