Uncovering The True Motive
A person may think their own ways are right,
but the Lord weighs the heart.
to ascribe (one’s acts, opinions, etc.) to causes
that superficially seem reasonable and valid
but that actually are unrelated
to the true, possibly unconscious and
often less creditable or agreeable causes.
As humans, we tend to rationalize, consciously or not.
But, God considers our motive.
So, before you act, it is wise to first
“take it to the Lord in prayer.”
A king’s wrath strikes terror
like the roar of a lion;
those who anger him forfeit their lives.
Reminiscent of Romans 13:4
For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good.
But if you do wrong, be afraid,
for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason.
They are God’s servants,
agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.
A wise person must count the cost before angering the authorities.
Sometimes, you get to pick the hill you’re gonna die on.
Temper Your Desire
Desire without knowledge is not good,
how much more will hasty feet miss the way!
Temper your desire with hesitation.
Think twice before you act.
Fools find no pleasure in understanding
but delight in airing their own opinions.
Fools like to air their opinions without understanding.
There are too many foolish opinions floating around out there.
Opinions are like noses: Everybody has one.
Rephrased from Anon Ymous by Yours-So-Very-Truly.
The Sagacious Servant Rules Over The Scandalous Son
A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son
and will share the inheritance as one of the family.
Disgraceful progeny are an embarrassment and of little value to their families.
Trustworthy servants easily rule in their stead and procure their inheritance.
The Lord has blessed my wife and me with two sagacious sons.