WISE SAYING #25

Proverbs 25:15 “Through patience a ruler can be persuaded …”

Hollywood is fascinated with the mystique of men, who have initiated change – real change – culturally, religiously, politically, etc. Movies, documentaries, and specials that deal with Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. (to name just a few) flourish and spawn additional sequels and spin-offs. Each of those men (and other men and women, who could be mentioned in the same breath) had an obvious and pervasive influence on their world.

But before there was a Lincoln, Gandhi, or King, there was the One they claimed was the inspiration for their missions in life – Jesus. And His influence went beyond just a cultural, religious, or political transformation. He changed – really changed – the world for all time – even in view of eternity.

How did He do it? I know that there were miracles that amazed people and ignited a faith that can move mountains. There was also teaching – truths that can set you free – promises that can transform your life – spoken with authority and confirmed by signs from God.

But there was a man, “approved by God”[i], demonstrating those wonders – speaking as the Son of God; and He was “gentle” and “patient”. Though He lived in the public eye for little over 3 years, He changed people’s lives. Even though He never won an election or formed a political party or fought in a bloody war, He changed His world. Even though (and because of) He was executed like a criminal and laid to rest in a borrowed grave, He defeated His enemies, formed an army of brothers, and broke through the gates of hell to open a “strait and narrow” way to eternal life and glory.

It makes sense … doesn’t it … that Jesus must have listened to His Father’s advice – that “patience” can change a ruler and being “gentle” can break a bone?

He tried it. It worked.

So … today … as I read through Proverbs 25; seeking the wisdom of God for my life … I want to give it a try … with my wife and children … with my brothers and sisters … with my boss and co-workers … with my friends and neighbors … with anyone for whom I would like to change their destiny.

Wise saying #25 – “BREAK A BONE.”

P.S. Day Twenty-Five … read Proverbs 25. Want some homework?

  1. Identify the “ruler” you want to change … the “bone” you want to break. Be specific: Your mate? Your child? Your boss? Your roommate? Your parents? What changes do you want to see?
  2. Once you have identified the person of concern and the changes you anticipate, pray for them – the person and the changes – then get started being “patient” and “gentle” with them. (i.e. No more nagging or sarcasm or rolling eyes or mean looks or snide comments – just “patient” and “gentle” like Jesus … all day … every day until something changes – even if it is you.)

[i] Acts 2

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