Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 21:23 Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble. 24 “Scoffer” is the name of the arrogant, haughty man who acts with arrogant pride. 25 The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor. 26 All day long he craves and craves, but the righteous gives and does not hold back.
Talk, Scoff and Slouth
Today we look at 3 characters which we meet many times throughout Proverbs… The talker, the scoffer and the sluggard.
The talker quite often puts their foot in their mouth when they open their mouth… or rather should have stopped up their vocal cords with a foot or fist or giant plunger because they say things to make themselves look better and so many times don’t even give much thought to that and people see through their words… in trying to make themselves look good they seem to belittle others and say wrong and hurtful things… they may not always know it but people see through their smoke screen … The talker can also come across as mr or miss know it all always having to have the last word and be right defending themselves to the very end.
Speaking of the talker, James 3:7-8 says: 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
Interestingly, the “talker” is frequently known also as the “scoffer”. Yes, it’s true that the scoffer talks; and when he does its to make himself look good. It’s no secret that we all are bent to do this. Who wants to look bad in front of others? Some people jump into the spotlight to look good… others stay out of the spotlight so they won’t look bad… both are looking out for themselves… led by pride. And that too is the goal of the scoffer. The scoffer gripes and grumbles about the world around them… they gossip about the people they know and even those they have never met.
In our text today Solomon has told us how the scoffer is arrogant, haughty and full of pride. Proverbs 16:18 says: Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
The talker otherwise known as the scoffer may at times goes by another alias; the sluggard. The sluggard is not on the Lords mission… he is on his own mission of doing nothing… he has evolved from mere talk and scoffing to being totally obsessed with his self… not even working… hoping others will provide for him… not keeping up his residence ; often idling through life and like the talker and scoffer gossiping and grumbling his way from house to house always having the last word… saying they are wise and smarter than others.
It’s interesting to me that when we find a person who claims to be a believer acting like this we are not to cuddle or support them. We are not to relate to them in a way that is accepting of the way they are living; in fact we are to separate ourselves from fellowshipping with them.
1st Thessalonians 3:6 Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us.
10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. 11 For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. 12 Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. 13 As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.
14 If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.