In order to know exactly what Solomon was talking about in this verse, I looked up vexation and prudent. What I found was very interesting. The definition of vexation as it relates to this verse means, ” the psychological state of being irritated or annoyed”. Hyponyms include: ” the feeling of being displeased or annoyed or dissatisfied with someone or something, a strong emotion; a feeling that is oriented toward some real or supposed grievance.”
A prudent man, on the other hand is defined in this way: “Careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment. Context examples are: “a prudent manager / prudent rulers / prudent hesitation / more prudent to hide than to fight”.
One time my mother gave me some very wise advice. She said, “If you don’t want to be like someone, watch how they act and do the opposite.” I think some of the soundest wisdom is also the simplest! Hence, again you see why my blog is titled “simplyjuliana”. Some things are so obvious and simple we miss them and make them hard and difficult, far more complex than necessary!
When a foolish person is angry you know it right away, according to our scripture. They lose their temper and hold nothing back! They hold on to offenses, therefore they remain “irritated or annoyed toward some real or supposed grievance”! Some offenses that come, come on purpose. Someone meant to offend you. Others are weaknesses or misconceptions and misunderstandings in our own minds, but they seem real when in fact they are not. Either way, offense and irritation will make a fool out of you! Don’t forget the scripture “as a fool thinks in his heart, so is he”. In other words, if you think like a fool and you give the devil room to “make a fool out of you”, you will act foolishly! I must be truthful dear reader, the time is short and you will answer for the foolishness that you have allowed the enemy to lay up in your heart. I see no good coming from any of this. You only hurt yourself and the ones you love! Anger rest in the bosom of fools the Bible tells us! When we get enraged and let our tempers direct our actions, we will ALWAYS end up in an undesirable place. I have seen anger stop people from being promoted in their jobs. I have seen anger keep small churches small and makes them even smaller! Who wants to be shepherded by someone who loses their temper over the silliest things? I have seen anger cause divorce, loss of friendships, and even loss of relationship with one’s children! Vexation is not a wise state of mind!
Amazingly, the definition of a “prudent” man is they would rather “hide than fight”. Now according to the world’s standards a coward runs in a fight. But this is not what this refers to. It means a wise man does not fight if all that is at stake is ego! Now if someone was attacking your child physically, you have every right to defend the life of that child and your own! But when you are quick to flare at an insult, you are no longer walking as a wise man or woman! Our scripture says they will “ignore an insult”! Why? Because a prudent person knows who they are in Christ. They walk in discernment and know it is a set-up or a baiting of the enemy to get “down” on the level of another person’s ignorance and in so doing becoming no better and even risking their spiritual fortitude and sound state of mind.
If you see a fool in their folly, do the opposite! Walk away from toxic people and pray for them. Sometimes doing good to your enemies is just holding your tongue and keeping peace in the situation! I had a pastor say once, “I have never seen anyone lose their temper and not regret it! No one has ever said to me they were glad they lost their temper!!” If you think about it, it always rings true!
Stay in your place of anointing, my dear reader! Don’t let the foolishness of others make a “fool” out of you! Allow it to grow you into someone who is wiser and in doing so you have grown and matured in God even more. When the time for “promotion” whether in the physical, spirit, or both comes around you will be rejoicing, not regretting!
Blessings to you, my precious reader!! I will see you soon!!