Proverbs 12: King James Bible
Wrath of a Fool – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twelve, Verses 16-17
16 A fool’s wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame. 17 He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Wrath of a Fool
I’ve been that fool.
I can testify with absolute certainty, that the first half of verse 16 is so true it causes me to cringe. How would I know? Because I’ve lived this one out.
I was that person who would instantly lash out at some of the most irrelevant things. (Oddly enough, the reverse has always been true as well; cool when faced with the big stuff.) For me, it’s the little things that drive me crazy.
That said, this is an area in my life that the Lord has done all kinds of work, to make me think before flying off the handle. To be more prudent in that sense, covering shame, or avoiding the creation of shame, which would happen when I’d cut loose with my mouth, without a care in the world of what comes forth from it.
It took time, and I will confess that I am a work in progress. But the Holy Ghost takes me to the curb to think about things now, before something drives me to that point. Did you know that the Holy Ghost is an expert at anger management? For some of us anger is simply a flaw. He can handle it.
Prayer, deep diving into the Word of God, as well as devotional time with the Lord works wonders with these kinds of personal flaws, and will also cause for any demonic outside influence cranking up this flaw, to be driven out or exposed for what it is.
Truth versus false witness –
We hear about those who bare false witness in a few different ways throughout the entire Bible. Tale bearers, liars, deceivers, etc.. There are no good or just reasons to bear false witness to anything. Every reason, every time, is to deny the truth.
We’re living in a time where the truth is in question from every angle. Especially as it relates to the Word of God. We know this, and some of us see this going on every day. This is why, it is so important to arm yourselves with truth, in any situation that is possible to do so. And as far as the realities of the Lord go, it is certainly possible to be armed with the truth, because Jesus IS the truth!
We who have been set free by the truth, should be compelled, to be armed with the truth, to resist those who would bear false witness, particularly concerning the faith. There is righteousness in truth, and the Lord has made it available to each and every one of us.
What we decide to do with it, is a choice we all must make.
Related New Testament Scripture
19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honor thy father and mother.
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whore-mongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
We know that you love what’s right, and are just. Help us Lord, despite the appearance of any given outcome, to be truthful in all our ways, and to not be tale bearers, or to take part in any false witness. Help us Father, to defeat all enemies, by the blood of the Lamb, and the word of our testimony, fearlessly and with your guidance. Also, let us not be that fool, who’s wrath is known instantly. Help us to be patient, and to have the ability to step back and be wise in all of our comings and goings. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever had a first hand look, at the wrath of a fool?