It is often my custom to read a chapter of Proverbs every day. I love the wisdom contained in the pages. Even though I read it often, it seems like new nuggets of wisdom jump out at me regularly. My dad always used to suggest that to people, and I even suggest it myself, now. Proverbs has 31 chapters, and it is know as the book of wisdom. There’s one chapter of wisdom for every day of the month! As I was sitting in my comfy chair reading Proverbs 26 this morning, verse 17 stuck out to me so much. It was almost like a ton of bricks just fell in my lap!
Proverbs 26:17 AMP – “He who, passing by, stops to meddle with strife that is none of his business is like one who takes a dog by the ears.”
Not every pot we walk by in life needs to be stirred. I tend to feel like I know what is best not only for me personally, but for all those around me as well, and if you don’t believe me, just ask me! It’s something I have been working on in my personal growth and in my pursuit of less. I can wear myself out with a quickness trying to attend to the affairs and business of others. I am learning that managing my own life is enough for me.
I never would have considered myself a busy-body or a gossip – although that certainly applies with this scripture. What I’m talking about for me is feeling the need to share from my pearls of wisdom how things should be done, and if it still isn’t done in a way I would like, then I’d get in there and do it for them! Granted, some areas of my life demand that I get involved. Some areas of your life demand the same from you. These are our pots. They are our responsibilities. I operate a private school. What happens in that school is my business, and I need to be involved. I need to stir that pot. Those of you with children, your child is one of your pots. It is totally ok and necessary to be in your child’s business. I’m not asking anyone to let go of their responsibilities.
What we are talking about is letting go of things that we can’t or don’t need to control. We can’t make other people do what we want them to do! Believe me, I have tried!! It usually doesn’t end successfully. Do we really need to instruct our spouse on the proper way to chop an onion or load a dishwasher? My puppies wouldn’t like it very much if I picked them up by their ears, and Proverbs tells us the people that surround us won’t like it very much when we meddle in areas that are not ours in which to meddle. More often than not, my need to unnecessarily control will end in the other person resenting me, and I end up with needless emotional turmoil. Too many cooks in the kitchen makes for a bad meal. We can walk past the pot without picking up the spoon to stir it.
Just a side note: Leviticus 19:17 AMP tells us, “you shall not hate your brother in your heart; but you shall surely rebuke your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him.” Galatians 6:1 AMP also says, “Brethren, if any person is overtaken in misconduct or sin of any sort, you who are spiritual should set him right and restore and reinstate him, without any sense of superiority and will all gentleness, keeping an attentive eye on yourself, lest you should be tempted also.” There are times that we need to get involved. There are times when we need to call sin for what it is; however, the majority of the time, we just need to focus on our own business and let everything else be.
PRAYER STARTER: God, grant me the wisdom to stay in my lane. Help me to know what to say and when to say it. Show me what pots are mine, and give me strength to let go of unnecessary control over others. Thank You for peace that passes all understanding. I thank You that the Holy Spirit leads, guides, and directs me in every step I take.
I was just thinking today about the word peace. We know that in the Bible it refers to Shalom which means:
completeness, soundness, welfare, peace
- completeness (in number)
- safety, soundness (in body)
- welfare, health, prosperity
- peace, quiet, tranquillity, contentment
- peace, friendship of human relationships with God especially in covenant relationship
Matthew 5:9 in the Amp version of the Bible says, “Blessed (enjoying enviable happiness, spiritually prosperous – with life – joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the MAKERS AND MAINTAINERS OF PEACE, for they shall be called the sons of God!”
God wants us to be complete. He wants us to be wanting and lacking no thing! How awesome that is! I challenge you this week to purpose to walk in the peace of God. Be a “maker and maintainer of peace!”
I truly believe that at this time in history, the USA is set for another “Awakening.” We are on the edge of a new chapter in history. We are a nation in need of healing. 2 Chronicles 7:14 in the Amplified Bible says, “If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.” It’s important that the People of God rise up and begin to pray as never before. We need to pray diligently for our new president and congress. We need to seek God as never before. May times we tend to get miss-focused and seek stuff more than God. It’s time we “require of necessity (His) face…” Only then can we experience the kind of healing that God wants to pour out on the US. Joel 2:28-29 says, “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also unpon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.” Get ready to be “awakened.”
I make cakes to raise money for the mission trips I take every summer with John Smithwick Ministries International. People often ask me how I do some of the decorations that are on the cakes.
Here’s a neat stain glass trick I’ve devolped for cakes….
How it’s Done:
Cut out whatever shape that you want in fondant. Here I’ve chosen a cross. Get suckers from your local store – they can’t have any extra candy in the center. You’re looking for something like Safe-T-Pops or Dum Dums. Place your unwrapped candy in a Zip Lock bag. Hit with a hammer until broken into peices. Take the candy peices and place them into the fondant. Cover a cookie sheet with foil and place the fondant cut out on the cooki sheet. Stick the cookie sheet in the oven just until the candy begins to melt. Presto Changeo…. You now have an eatable decoration for your cake….
PS – Watch your creation when it’s in the oven carefully… a few seconds longer and you will have a brown, burnt creation…
Have you ever just asked…. WHY ME?
Why am I going through this? Why are we always fighting this battle? Why is the economy so bad? Why. Why. Why.
My question is why not? We can go crazy trying to figure out the why and how of things. WHY don’t we just accept that stuff happens! Even for people who have a relationship with Christ…. We get so caught up in wineing about why. We need to realize that having a relationship with God doesn’t keep stuff from going wrong.
John 10:10 in the Amplified version of the Bible says
“The theif comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).”
So, that lets me know that no matter who you are, what background you come from, where you live, Satan, the theif, is going to seek to destroy your life.
So when bad things happen, instead of complaining and going around saying, “WHY WHY WHY???” Realize that Jesus came so you could enjoy life. Realize what Romans 8:28 Amp. says,
“We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design adn purpose.”
So, things are working for my good, even when I can’t see the good in it. God is in control. Nothing takes Him by suprise. He’s not in Heaven going…. “Oh no, what are we going to do? Did you see the stock market today in the USA? We are in big trouble!” The Bible says He doesn’t sleep. He is ever watchful over us!
Romans 8:31 Amp. Says, “What then shall we say to [all] this? If God is for us, who [can be] against us? [Who can be our foe, if God is on our side?]
I encourage you to look at your situations that are in your life and say to your self, “What am I gonna say about all this? If God is for me, than there is no situation I’m facing that can prevail against me!”