A short devotional on Proverbs 26:3. For more ways to connect visit: UmpquaConnect.org.
Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.
Today is Friday, June 26, 2020
A few years ago I had, let's call it a personal growth experience. I had a great idea to buy a six-plex apartment building in a low-income part of town. I got 70% of the money from the bank, 30% from the seller, and put closing costs on a credit card. I thought I was a genius. I had no money out of pocket and had this opportunity to make money and build an income stream.
But things didn't quite turn out as planned. Soon I discovered not everyone pays the rent they promised to pay. At first I tried to treat them kind with a lot of grace. After all, Jesus says to turn the other cheek. So I tried, and my hope was if I treated people well, they would respond in kind.
Some did. Some saw I was trying to work with them and were thankful for being treated well. They made concerted effort to try to get me the rent they owed. It worked. Jesus advice to turn the other cheek was great advice.
But there were a few who didn't respond to the kind approach. They wouldn't pay. The heat and electric was in the rent. They left the windows open and generally took advantage of me in every way they could. After all, I was the rich landlord that had all the money. Hardly.
I was frustrated about what to do. How do you respond as a Christian to people who just continually take advantage of you? I wondered, until I came across our text for today.
Proverbs 26:3 says:
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,
and a rod for the backs of fools!
Turning the other cheek is a great first approach. The majority of people will be won over by kindness. But there are a few who don't respond. And Solomon says, "There is only one way a fool learns -- through pain."
You hate to go there, but there is a place for a God follower to say that's enough. When someone has proven not to respond to kindness, it is okay to move to another approach they will respond to.
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools!
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May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow