Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 14:17 A man of quick temper acts foolishly, and a man of evil devices is hated.
Ammonia and Bleach
Two Great Cleaners
That Don't Go Good Together!
Here Solomon mentions evil devices. I think a wicked heart can turn anything into an evil device. There are many devices throughout time that have by some been considered evil. Here’s a few... Think about theses and see if you believe they are evil devices in themselves or only when used by wicked men?
The buildings where Hitler sent thousands to be gassed to death.
The chemicals Saddam Hussain used on his own people.
What about the Internet
, TV, Books and Magazines?
Do you think these are evil devices in themselves: A rock,
... a Gun?
What about a Nuclear weapon?
A feather (for tickling) ?
Ok, that last one was only a joke although on occasion it has seemed like a torture device where my only screams were screams of laughter.
But it dose seem to me that there are some devices that were created by man specifically for evil purposes and other devices are made to be good but become evil devices when used for evil purposes. People who use things for evil purposes are not considered great role models but are held in disdain by whole nations.
Our text also tells us that a man who is quick tempered acts foolishly.
I can imagine an angry or jealous man loosing control and punching someone in the face... or a a crazed maniac of a dictator loosing his temper and ordering a nuclear missile.
Anger combined with the stupidity of a quick temper is like mixing ammonia and bleach. Its a disaster. When wickedness and ignorance come together even ordinary objects meant for good become evil devices and bring destruction to others.
But, here's the thing: a person cannot have discernment between good and evil unless they have seen truth. In order to make accurate judgments in our daily life we must be able to lay up every situation and decision along side of a just and accurate standard of never changing truth. That would be God's word; that would be the Word made flesh; that would be Jesus.
Jesus said in John 17:17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
If you know Jesus then you have the The Holy Spirit who guides us to truth - Jesus said in John 16:13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
Father, please keep us from taking your creation and mixing it with a wayward heart to build evil devices. Please give us discernment, and keep us walking in your Word, your Spirit and your Truth today.