Posts Tagged ‘scoffer’

verse 10: “Drive out the scoffer, and contention will go out, Even strife and dishonor will cease.”

One of my best friends introduced me to a collection of old Christian radio shows called Jungle Jam and Friends: Wild Times in God’s Creation. It’s a collection of humorous stories about a group of animals living together in the jungle, and learning lessons about God through their adventures. One of these stories was entitled “The Cat’s Pajamas”; it was about a sad kitten, whose sadness permeates the usual happiness of the group. They try to cheer the kitten up, but to no avail. Soon they’re all sad, and don’t know why! It’s not till Gruffy Bear, returning from doing his laundry, produces a pair of pajamas that shrunk in the wash; the kitten is happy to see these. It turns out the kitten was cranky because he couldn’t get to sleep and had misplaced his pajamas…Gruffy gives him his shrunken pair. The kitten puts them on and drifts happily off to sleep.

Much like the sad kitten, whose sadness permeated everyone’s happiness, can be the poisonous attitude of the scoffer or mocker. For someone to do nothing more than to cast negative attitudes or remarks all the time can really sour the atmosphere of most people. One person’s attitude can do that, much like just a little of a black widow’s venom can do serious damage to a healthy body. Solomon’s advice here is to drive the scoffer out. I have seen examples where, once the scoffer was removed, a lot more peace resulted. God doesn’t want us to live in strife; He wants us to live in peace. He wants us to know His peace.

Have a great day in the Lord!

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verse 6: “A scoffer seeks wisdom, and finds none, But knowledge is easy to him who has understanding.”

At first, this verse seems to be a contradiction: a scoffer? seeking wisdom? The Holman concordance on Proverbs had an interesting statement about this verse on page 106: “Even a hardened sinner sometimes wants wisdom to escape an unpleasant situation, but he looks in the wrong place. A discerning person, however, gains knowledge easily because he knows the source to consult.”

Sometimes people have come to me with a question that I didn’t know the answer to; sometimes, they’ve come needing information that I didn’t have. However, I knew who might have the information they sought, so I would tell them that knowledge. Apologizing as they left, that I wasn’t able to be helpful, they would often times reply “that’s okay, you were able to steer me in the right direction.”

As Christians, we don’t always have all the answers. But we know Who does. 🙂

Have a blessed day!

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verse 8: “Do not reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you, Reprove a wise man, and he will love you.”

Back when I use to officiate high school football, we had an away game that took some time to travel to. While most of the crew slept on the trip up to the site, the referee and I had a chat in the front of the van. As it turned out, he had been wanting to give me some advice; I was coming across as a “know-it-all” because of my constant questions during educational classes during our weekly meetings. Now, I truly didn’t mean to come across that way, and at first I felt stung by his constructive criticism. I defended my position as I was truly wanting to learn. He agreed, but pointed out some steps (from experience) that might help me avoid the unwanted reputation I was getting.

I could have taken his criticism in 2 ways. I could’ve continued to argue and eventually dismiss it, thus keeping on the track I was headed down. That is the way of the scoffer; you can’t tell him anything. Now, I am not calling myself wise here, but I did choose the way of the wise (although begrudgingly at first 🙂 ). I tried my friend’s advice and found that, he was right; if I listened more than I talked, it was amazing what I began to pick up. Although this friend and I have “butted heads” before on officiating discussions, I knew where he and I stood with each other. I knew I could talk to him, and he could talk to me, and we could keep things open between us. I later told him that I was grateful for the friend he was to me; he returned the compliment.

The day you stop learning or trying to learn is the day you began to slide toward the way of the scoffer. The wise always want to increase in wisdom, and will love you for the times you help to “correct” their path.

Something to think about.

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