Proverbs 14: King James Bible
A Short Fuse – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter fourteen, Verses 17-18
17 He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated. 18 The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – A Short Fuse
If you give it some serious thought, how many great decisions have you made, when the Tabasco sauce is running up your legs, and your blood is boiling? Any at all that you can think of?
As I reflect at my own question, I can’t think of any wise or good decisions that I’ve made, or have dealt with anything wisely in any way shape or form, when I’ve become “soon angry.” If anything, I’ve learned that crow sandwiches are bitter in the mouth, and bitter going down.
“Soon angry,” as stated in the verse above, is an old fashioned way to point out a trigger temper, or a short fuse. That indeed was me, from childhood and then some. And in all honestly, thinking of times like those, all I’ve got to show for it are some scars, constant aches from a shattered hand (that I was too stubborn to get reset), and a boatload of regrets.
Yeah, I was a piece of work. Never physically abusive to anyone or anything living, but the walls and inanimate objects were always fair game. Sometimes the inanimate objects would win, hence the dull ache in the hand every day. But for what it’s worth, I got pretty good at repairing walls.
Personally, this is a tool for witness to those who knew me during those times, vs. how I react or respond to things now. Like night and day, and for some, that’s evidence that the Lord is real. People without Christ just don’t understand the difference that Jesus makes in your heart, and how he can change a man from the inside out.
There’s no room for wisdom when all you can see is red. It is no accident, that a trigger temper winds up being the jump start to all kinds of sin in one’s life. Anything from saying harsh things to someone, all the way to abuse, and murder / crimes of passion.
This I believe is an iniquity, but nothing that a prayerfully steady diet of the Word of God can’t fix, and a close relationship to the Most High can’t turn around.
The prudent are crowned with knowledge. When presented with a situation that would cause people to jump into folly or get their temper triggered, the presence of mind needs to be there, that the Lord is watching, observing whether or not you’ll adhere to anything that he’s said about following through with that kind of reaction (or behavior).
We need to be prudent to recognize a problem, as something that needs some sort of wise attention, instead of lack of prudence, and going crazy about whatever it is and making a fool of ourselves. Because at the end of the day, the thing that set you off is still there to bother you, and you’ve only added a mess to the situation.
The Father wants us to be well tempered. In fact, that is one of the fruits of the Spirit; Temperance. Should you be lacking in that department like I was, ask the Father to fill you with his temperance, or to make yours more like his.
Related New Testament Scripture
Ephesians 4: King James Bible
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Colossians 3: King James Bible
8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcised, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
Galatians 5: King James Bible
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
2 Peter 1: King James Bible
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
Thank you for your Word, and for all of the things that you’ve done for us. Examine all of us Lord, and if we wind up being found wanting in the temperance department, please remedy the situation. Incorporate diligence right into our hearts Lord, so that we can recognize better, opportunities to respond or behave wisely, and avoid any form of feeding an iniquity of a foul temper. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Can you relate to making foolish decisions when something’s triggered your short fuse?