Ever have one of those moments when a close friend tells you something that you really don’t want to hear but really need to hear? That moment when those hard truths smack you in the gut like a sumo wrestler?
Yea, me too. And I feel like Proverbs 26 is that well-meaning friend. Truth bombs all over the place!
One thing I love about the word of God is that it’s not sugar coated. There are moments when truth is spoken with love and grace and other moments when God just lays it all out there.
Because here’s the thing: sometimes we NEED to hear the truth in a way that might not seem loving. Sometimes we NEED the truth to hit us in the gut and wake us up!
Like all of Proverbs, it’s hard to have tunnel vision on just one or two of the verses because it’s all just SO good. But as I was preparing and studying for this post I went through John MacArthur’s commentary. Here’s how he sums up Proverbs 26, “Most verses in this chapter compare the aspects of natural order that are violated with the behavior of a fool.”
Yep, pretty much sums it up! We are fools who try to take things into our own hands only to then find out we are wrong and need our Savior.
In verse 11 it says, “Like a dog who returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.”