“He who troubles his own house will inherit the wind,
And the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.” – Proverbs 11:29
A household that is disjointed and divided against itself can’t function well, as Jesus Himself said, and the first part of this proverb seems to have a similar message.
A member of a household who brings down his family, either through wasteful use of assets, or through causing relational rifts between their parents or children, is shooting themselves in the foot.
How can someone expect good outcomes out of bringing trouble to the people who rely on you to either lead the family or to carry on their legacy?
The problem is that when someone goes down this path, they may not realise how much longer and more effort it will take to restore relations or assets back to where they were.
His inheritance might end up being separate from family, with little hope of reunion. He might end up desolate on the streets, like in the story of the prodigal son.
Going on from there, more is said here on how unwise living can bring disaster to one’s life.
The fool is the person who has refused good teaching and has chosen instead the wisdom of men as a guide for his life. They have made decisions focused on their well-being, with little regard to others, and have accrued problems for themselves.
Proverbs tends to use extremes, and here we are told that the fool will serve the wise.
Proverbs aren’t to be taken as hard and fast rules, but rather general principles for life, and here we have indications that the wise of heart are fit for being in charge. The foolish person doesn’t stand much of a chance against them, and because of their choices in life finds themselves under their rule. Is this always the case? No, but if we live like fools, we’re asking for problems like these.
Now, what can we learn as Christians?
We are responsible for our attitude and actions in life. What we place priority on we grow in. If we seek in Christ to grow in holiness and to build up and love those around us, we can grow. It is actually the role of the disciple to seek Christ and to reach out to others with Christ.
Jesus’ last words to His disciples in the book of Matthew speak to this, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 )
-Thanks for reading! – Pedrozki (Pete)
Note: All scripture is taken from Bible Gateway and is the New King James Version. I am using a mentor commentary by John A.Kitchen for help with difficult concepts and words.
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