This post is Day 5 in a series of studies about “The Weather”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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The Weather – Day 5
The Holy Land was, and still is, farming country, and as such it depends a lot on the weather to produce the necessary harvest. The wrong sort of weather at the wrong time (summer snow) can affect all our lives indirectly because prices rise at the least sign of shortage.
Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, honour is not fitting for a fool.
Snow in summer is not something most of us would like to see, unless maybe those who are ski-addicts! But much of the Bible uses farming situations for examples or for explanations. (Deuteronomy 28:12, Jeremiah 5:24, Psalms 1:3…)
The Holy Land was, and still is, farming country, and as such it depends a lot on the weather to produce the necessary harvest. The wrong sort of weather at the wrong time can affect all our lives indirectly because prices rise at the least sign of shortage.
If you are a gardener yourself, either as your occupation, or as a hobby, you will appreciate many of the proverbs contained in this part of the Bible.
The first 12 verses of today’s chapter each refer to a fool in different situations. The writer is obviously very scathing about people who he considers fools, as well as those who place the least bit of confidence in them.
Many of us have a bad attitude to those we consider fools. We think they are not relevant to our lives, and sadly, many of these people we dismiss so easily just need a little loving care. They have never been taught how to do things “normally”, and a little loving care and encouragement could change much for them.
Read Proverbs 26:1-12 today and ask yourself what your attitude is to those less competent than you. (Confess that as sin if necessary).
Ask yourself if you consider the weather only in the ways that it affects your personal life, or if you appreciate it for the work of others around you. Changes in the weather can be disastrous for farmers and those who sell seasonal products, or who live and work in holiday areas. Pray for them today.
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