“Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.”
Ecclesiastes 7:9 NIV
The event of our trials and difficulties is often better than at first we thought. Surely it is better to be patient in spirit, than to be proud and hasty. Be not soon angry, nor quick in resenting an affront. Be not long angry; though anger may come into the bosom of a wise man, it passes through it as a way-faring man; it dwells only in the bosom of fools. It is folly to cry out upon the badness of our times, when we have more reason to cry out for the badness of our own hearts; and even in these times we enjoy many mercies. It is folly to cry up the goodness of former times; as if former ages had not the like things to complain of that we have: this arises from discontent, and aptness to quarrel with God himself. ( Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary )
How many times have I overreacted and said the wrong thing? Plenty I can assure you. Quick to anger, has happened to us all. Am I alone in this instruction or advice? I am sure not.
Consider this for a moment. Does one get angry by itself? No, it takes influence from others and mistakes that you make yourself. “Anger resided in the lap of fools.” Can anybody say that better? No, Solomon, the author of Ecclesiastes, dating to 970 BC, was considered one of the wisest men that lived, did.
I am always intrigued; the world continuously strives for right living. We pursue many ideologies. The wisdom we should follow is all depicted many years ago in the Bible, the word of God. Just read and follow it. Even if you don’t believe follow its instruction. On Facebook, somebody made the comment that Christianity is not about Chruch attendance. My point is you go to school to learn and share wisdom from and with others. Generally, people that don’t spend time in Church don’t spend time in the Word of God. How are you ever going to become wise and understand right living? Enough of this.
I have highlighted Matthew’s comments that stand out to me. The point that stands out to me most is. If we anger, we get down on ourselves and think the world owes us. We have so much to be grateful for. Take time to think about it. Read the commentary again. Scripture only sixteen words long, but so much meaning.
“Lord, I thank you for Your wisdom. Amen.”