Proverbs 25: King James Bible
Part of the Problem – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty five, Verse 20
20 As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Part of the Problem
There’s a saying that has stuck in my mind since the first time I’ve ever heard it, because it rings true. If you’re not part of a solution, then you’re part of the problem. I’d bet most of us have heard that before somewhere.
The verse above points out different things going on that make a miserable person even more miserable. Right away after reaching the “songs to an heavy heart” section to the verse, I think of many movies where after a break up, someone is driving in their car and can’t find a radio station without break up music playing, driving the person to tears.
Yeah, that happens sometimes. We struggle with something and life seems to line up all kinds of things that strive to become part of the problem, rather than the solution. Our spiritual enemies love to capitalize on things like that, to set in all kinds of undesirables such as depression, miserty, hopelessness, etc..
All that having been said, this verse isn’t pointing us to the one who is suffering from a heavy heart. It is talking about the person who is being part of the problem. Someone is making things worse, rather than better.
We learn this because of the 2 places we read “he that.” He that taketh, and he that singeth, is who we are looking at in the verse above. Why?
Well, there isn’t too much we can do about others who are doing things that might take our misery to a new level. Someone being part of the problem isn’t the typical intention. They might not even have a clue how they are making you feel by what they’re saying or doing. Who knows?
In these circumstances, perhaps it’s best to recognize that fact, and not allow the other person to make any negative impact. Sometimes having clarity of mind can cut through the enemy’s attempt to make us feel worse, and fall deeper into his territory. Remember, the joy of the Lord is our strength.
(If you’re new to this site, please understand that when I make mention of an enemy, I am referring to spiritual, demonic, or fallen angelic enemies, including Satan himself. We’re clearly instructed that the weapons of our warfare are spiritual, not carnal. We do not battle against flesh and blood, but against all of the aforementioned. I just wanted to make that clear.)
There is a better reason why the Lord is telling us about the person who winds up being part of the problem. That would be that we all have the capacity to make things more difficult on others.
There may be situations where there’s nothing you can do about it, or you might be ignorant of how you’ve unintentionally made someone feel worse than they already did. But if we are thoughtful toward the possibility, and be more observant over what we do, and the things that come out of our mouths, then we’ll be less likely to be part of the problem during someone else’s heaviness of heart.
This doesn’t mean to avoid the truth when it might hurt someone’s feelings, or something like that. It certainly doesn’t mean to render the Word of God to no effect, because the Word can indeed cause heaviness to those who perish. But along with the Word that may grieve them, should come the good news of the solution.
This is what we would call the gospel of Jesus Christ, the “good news.” This is a joy that no man can steal from us! Help to be a participant to lead someone toward the solution, not part of the problem, as the singer of songs to the heavy hearted.
Related New Testament Scripture
John 16: King James Bible
22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.
Acts 20: King James Bible
24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, *which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
Romans 12: King James Bible
9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
Romans 12: King James Bible
16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
Romans 13: King James Bible
8 Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
Hebrews 12: King James Bible
11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. 12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; 13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
Thank you for this lesson found in your Word. Help us to avoid allowing others to make us forget your joy, and to abstain from causing our own selves to be more miserable. Also, help us to be good messengers, faithful to your Word, and not being part of the problem in another’s life in any way, knowingly or unknowingly. May we as your children, cause for anyone with heaviness of heart to look up to their redemption, rather than to set their eyes on the mire. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever found out after the fact, that you had become part of the problem rather than the solution?