For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases. As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife. (Proverbs 26:20, 21 ESV)
It’s not all good stuff in Proverbs. That is to say there a number of times when the writer has to let us in on some of the bad stuff to be aware of and careful of. Yet chapter 26 seems to have been saved up just for the fools, sluggards and those conditioned for folly.
It’s so intriguing, though to see the writer give some simple advice about how to stop an argument. Take out the whispering. Take out the whisperer, take them out of the equation and then there’s no issue, there’s no raging fire of discontent and bitterness.
It is so simple and yet to apply it can sometimes seem so difficult. The wisdom we are given, though, enables us to make the necessary decisions when it comes to those thoughts in our heads, or those relationships that only set the forest ablaze again. Nip them in the bud from the beginning and it will be out like a light.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden