Thought for today
“He who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a dog by the ears” (Prov. 26:17). I am a huge fan of dogs. Big ones, small ones, tall ones, fat ones. I love dogs. They are friendly, loyal, fun, hard working. I once heard an old story that when God banished Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden part of the punishment was that a huge divide opened between them and the animal kingdom. In the last second before the chasm separated people and animals, the story went, the dog jumped across to forever stand with humans. While that story certainly is not biblical it sounds pretty good to me because it reminds me of most of the dogs I have ever known. But as friendly and obedient as dogs can be, only a complete idiot would try to pick up a dog by his ears. That is a vivid image, isn’t it? Care to hold a Doberman by those short little ears? What about swinging a full-sized Lab by his big floppy ears? We instinctively know better. To grab a dog by his ears is to guarantee pain and injury, and not to the dog either. Solomon plays off this easy-to-see picture to forcefully remind us to mind our own business. Fooling with someone else’s problems, butting into other’s arguments, meddling in other’s affairs is just not smart. In fact, it is just about as smart as grabbing a dog by his ears. When I see some folks in a verbal or physical confrontation, rather than stepping in, I just need to think about those canine ears. I am amazed at the number of people who think the Bible is some outdated story book that says nothing about life today. I expect those folks have never cracked open Proverbs. It is just brimming with good ideas, wisdom, funny word pictures and more, and all designed to help us see the best way to live. It is a very relevant book that does not take a Ph.D. to understand. You will be dazzled with the simple wisdom of God’s word, and life will be better by following it. Trust God’s wisdom.
Lord God, thank you for today and especially for the wisdom, guidance and truth on Your Word. Help me to apply all I read today to my life. Help me to not stick my nose in other’s business where it does not belong. Thank You for loving me and saving, in Jesus name,
Blessings in Christ
“In the beginning God………………..” !