Prov. 11:29 “He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.”
Once again, Noah Webster’s definition of certain words just shed light and give much more meaning to what we are reading. His definition of “troubleth” is:
1. To agitate; to disturb; to put into confused motion.
Are you someone who “brings trouble” to his house? Do you bring agitation and disturbance into your home? Do you bring confusion into your home?
The fool does all these things. I found it quite poignant that Solomon would add the rest of the verse – “shall inherit the wind”! Have you ever seen the cartoon where someone turned on an occilating fan in an office where the desk was filled with paper? What a catastrophe that produced! It’s like a hurricane hit the office! I believe this is what Solomon was trying to portray here. I think of the contentious woman who is never happy with her circumstances and is always complaining. She troubleth her own house and creates a whirl wind of trouble. She reaps what she sows.
On the other hand, the Christian who is wise is quite the opposite. The wise person’s home is peaceful. True peace can only be had when we are truly born-again and are displaying the fruit of the Spirit. Noah’s definition of wise is:
1. Properly, having knowledge; hence, having the power of discerning and judging correctly, or of discriminating between what is true and what is false; between what is fit and proper, and what is improper; as a wise prince; a wise magistrate. Solomon was deemed the wisest man. But a man may be speculatively and not practically wise. Hence,2. Discrete and judicious in the use or applications of knowledge; choosing laudable ends, and the best means to accomplish them. This is to be practically wise. Gen 41.
Does the fool display such wisdom? Of course not. The fool is busy doing the opposite and turning on that occilating fan in their homes which produces nothing but chaos. There’s no peace in that home. It is not to say that a born-again Christian cannot be a fool. We have all done foolish things at one time or another. But the believer should be growing – moving forward in the Lord – seeking to better himself and becoming more Christ-like.
The fool will always be the servant of the wise one. The fool will always be in subjection to the wise Christian because the fool won’t have Scriptures to cling to or refer to – the fool won’t even be interested in applying Scriptures to their circumstances so that they may grow. As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: (1 Pet 2:2) The fool is worse than a newborn baby – at least the newborn baby desires to drink and does so to survive. The fool is not interested in growing and it is evident in their childish behavior.
Are you the foolish Christian today or the wise Christian? Better yet, are you the unsaved fool? The Word says that the scenario of the unsaved fool who will not listen to the Gospel of Jesus Christ will be likened to the Christian witness casting his pearls (the Gospel) to swine (the unsaved). Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. (Mat 7:6) Instead, the unsaved fool thinks he is spiritually OK – the unsaved fool goes to church, knows the scriptures, does the motions but their actions speak louder than words. They are the hypocrites that Jesus speaks of.
James’ account below is also quite the eye opener and we should examine oursleves if we are guilty of being the person he speaks of:
James 3:13- 18, “Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. (13) But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. (14) This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. (15)For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. (16) But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. (17) And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. (18)
I can see now why Jesus would tell Peter: But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. (Mat 16:23)
May the words I speak
Be clean and pure
Not just in my eyes
But foremost in Yours