Passages like this one remind me of why I love the Bible! Whether you agree with the Bible or not, there is no denying that there is practical, day-in and day-out life wisdom contained within its pages. Let’s consider the verse in Proverbs 26:17 (AMP) again:
Like one who grabs a dog by the ears [and is likely to be bitten]
Is he who, passing by, stops to meddle with a dispute that is none of his business.
You don’t need to be a biblical scholar (or even believe in the Bible, necessarily) to glean some important life lessons from this verse. Consider:
- I’m no pet person (allergies/asthma), but the Bible warns us against grabbing a dog by its ears; it seems to imply that doing so will result in rough times for the ear-grabber.
- It also seems to indicate that if I’m just “passing by” a situation that does not directly pertain to me, it may be prudent for me to keep on going.
- “Meddling” seems to be a poor relationship strategy, in general – especially in a dispute (read: argument) that has nothing to do with me!
So if I read this correctly, I’ll generally (but not always) be better off in life if I stay out of other people’s business. Of course, there are always exceptions to a blanket statement like this one, but there also seems to be a lot of truth to it, too.
And therein lies the beauty of the Bible – you may not necessarily agree with everything written on its pages, but it always speaks the truth. I love that it is both reliable and highly relevant to my my everyday life. I am very thankful for these truths!
Christian or not, reading a chapter from the book of Proverbs each day will transform the way that you think and act – I guarantee it. It won’t necessarily take place overnight, but it will eventually happen – little by little, degree by degree.
If you haven’t done so already, I challenge you to try it – read a chapter from the book of Proverbs each day, and commit to do it for one month. When you reach the end of the book, start again. Do this until you feel that there is nothing else that you can learn from the book.
I can tell you that I’ve gone through the book many, many times, and I’m still learning and growing! I wish the same for you.
Here is my prayer for today: Dear Lord, thank You for the practical truths found in the Bible. I love how the books of Proverbs and Psalms help us each day, and provide much-needed wisdom and encouragement as we follow along the wandering paths of life.
By the way, thank You for the oh-so-useful tips about dogs’ ears and meddling in other people’s business (I won’t touch the former, and will try to steer clear of the latter, unless You prompt me to do otherwise!). I also appreciate the reminder that the Bible is incredibly relevant, and contains timeless principles that are helping me to grow in all aspects of my life – emotionally, spiritually, and even intellectually. No wonder it’s the best-selling book of all time! In Your name I pray, Amen.