Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
Or you will also be like him.
Answer a fool as his folly deserves,
That he not be wise in his own eyes.
The world in general dislikes Mondays, probably related to it being the beginning of the working week. I have no personal dislike of any single day of the week, except for deadlines for outstanding work. Having said that I have noticed that if anything was to go wrong, Monday seems to be the day it happens most of all. I can remember many occasions where I have been blessed in the Word of God on Sunday, full of fervour to serve Him in the week ahead…and Satan trips me up with some meeting with someone bent on winding me up. Or is that just me? I don’t think so.
It was these Monday mornings when Satan has dug a pit for me to fall into that came to my mind when i recently read these verses from Proverbs. At a glance the two verses seem to contradict one another, but that is not the case. As I see it, these two make up opposite end of a finely balanced weighing scales. When we are pulled into a debate on frivolous matters we should weigh the content (and context!) of what is said on these scales; should we be silent (verse 4) or speak up in Godly wisdom (verse 5)?
Dear reader, on this Monday watch out for Satan’s traps seeking to steal your joy in God’s Word in your life. It is no coincidence when someone insults your precious Lord in your hearing. Prepare yourself in prayer before you leave home today; put on the full armour of God and be ready for what lies ahead.