Ecclesiastes 10:10 – If the ax is blunt, and one doesn’t sharpen the edge, then he must use more strength; but skill brings success.
Ever tried cutting wood with a blunt ax? (Or cutting onions with a blunt knife?) As this proverb says, it requires more force and strength to get the job done. But a sharp ax slices and cuts well, and less strength is required.
But skill will bring success. Skill first of all ensures that it has the right tools ? ie a sharp and well prepared instrument. Secondly, it knows where and what to cut in order to achieve success.
In life there are two ways to get the job done. Either you can continue working with a blunt ax, and work harder and harder. Or you can use a sharp and powerful ax and hit your target with a few well aimed blows.
Hebrews 4 says “The word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword?”. When we approach our situations with His word, we’re using a sharp instrument. When we pick that instrument up and aim it where God wants it, we’re using skill and wisdom.
You can speak the Word of God to your situations, and see them change. Pick up your offensive and sharp weapon today, and use it to bring about success for the kingdom of God!
Proverbs 22:24 – Don’t befriend a hot-tempered man, And don’t associate with one who harbors anger:
Anger tends to be catchy. If we befriend and associate with angry people there’s a good chance that we will learn their ways and as the next verse says we will “ensnare our souls”.
Hot tempered people can often appear to be good people to get around because they seem to get the job done. When they ask for something – they usually get it!
But Proverbs 19:19 says ‘A hot-tempered man must pay the penalty. For if you rescue him, you must do it again’. Friends of hot-tempered people can easily end up running around after them apologising on their behalf. But it’s important that people don’t get away with angry living forever. There comes a time when we have to let people sit in the bed that they have made for themselves.
A man’s anger does not bring about the righteousness that God requires (James 1:20). Rather it brings about devastation to those that surround them. If you have a friend who turns their anger on others, you can be sure that it will get turned on you one day too. Be careful!
Ecclesiastes 7:10 – Don’t say, "Why were the former days better than these?" For you do not ask wisely about this.
The Lord is not threatened by any question that we could ever bring to Him. But there are some questions which are just not wise to ask. This is one of them – “why were the old days better than these?”.
The reason it’s not wise to ask this question is because the former days weren’t any better than today. There is nothing new under the sun – what is happening today, was happening yesterday too. It’s just likely that as we’ve grown in years we’ve become more aware and perceptive about what is happening around us.
When people lose hope for their future they can become pre-occupied with their past – continually looking back to the “good old days”. But God has adventures and journeys that He wants to take us on TODAY. Today is a great day to walk forward with Him – to lean on Him and trust Him more!