CARRY THE WEIGHT
Proverbs 27:3, A stone is heavy and sand a burden, but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both. (NIV)
What is the heaviest thing you’ve tried to move recently? For me it was an old wooden picnic table that needed to be moved from one end of a field to another. One other man, 30 years younger, and I were tasked with moving this overbuilt, bulky, mass in the dark across an un-level field. Using the sheer size of the object and the steadiness of the strong helper for balance, I struggled to move my end of that table step-by-stumbling-step until finally it was done. Not wanting to show the effects of my age, I smiled, congratulated my helper for keeping up, and took each step back to my car slowly letting my back decompress, hoping the pains I felt were temporary.
As heavy as that picnic table was, it was feather-light compared to the anguish (not to mention the anger, wrath, and resentment) that can result from putting your trust in someone who lets you down. The NET Bible uses the old-fashion word “vexation” – resentment caused by a fool. Leaving yourself vulnerable to a fool (one who does not value God’s instructions for living) can lead to deep feelings of anger. These feelings take more than ibuprofen and a nap on a stiff mattress to get over and don’t give you the satisfaction like moving the weighty object.
No matter who the fool is that is weighing down your life, believers know that there is only one Boss, one Leader, one Master, and He is no fool. He will provide the strength and stability to carry the weight.