Words to Live By



Ecclesiastes 10:4 says, “If the anger of the ruler rises against you, do not leave your place, for calmness will lay great offenses to rest”.

Fools expose themselves in how they respond to difficult superiors. The verse above clearly states that even if a great offense has occurred, the best course of action is to stay calm, and stay where you are. Don’t get upset, attempt to defend yourself, blame shift, or fight back.

This approach gives the ruler an opportunity to vent and move on. If you take the outburst too personally then you end up responding emotionally, and that only escalates the tension. Maybe Solomon had himself in mind. He probably lost his cool occasionally.

We can be very right, but very wrong in the way we prove it. As one man put it “There are two types of people: those who try to win and those who try to win arguments. They are never the same”. These are words to live by, and with a despotic ruler, quite literally.

3 thoughts on “Words to Live By

  1. Hi Jon. Today I had the opportunity to see part of that illustration. While waiting in line at Costco, San Marcos, to get gas, I let a space get in between me and the car in front of me. Without thnking too much about moving forward, a car came around me to take my place in line to get gas. I was a little peeved and considered talking to the man and ask why he left his consideration at home, but decided against it, thinking that he just might come to church someday and I didn’t want to have to avoid him because of some words on my behalf. This is a minor situation but even thay can be opportunities to live for the Lord Jesus and not do or say something unchrist-like. Thanks for the reminder to “cool” our jets from time to time. Steve

  2. I always try to consider what Jesus would do in any given situation and let His perfect example be my guide. I must confess however that far from being faultless I find myself off the Christlike path more often than I want to admit.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s