“Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour. A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left. Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way, his wisdom faileth him, and he saith to every one that he is a fool.” (Ecclesiastes 10:1-3)
Today’s Morsel: I’m sure you’ve probably heard the old saying, “It is better to be silent and be considered a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.” Some folks think that they are wise and smart because they have a secular education or have a good job and income. But according to scripture, without Christ they are nothing. Solomon states, “Riches profit not in the day of wrath.” (Proverbs 11:4) In other words, among men they may be able to do all things; but they cannot purchase the remission of sins, nor turn aside the wrath of God when it is poured out on them for transgressions. Solomon continues by saying that dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savor. And so does a little stupidity, foolishness, and recklessness by the one that is in standing for wisdom and honor. He says that when dead flies get into perfume it can spoil its smell; and so a foolish act can ruin the character of a person who has the reputation of being wise and good. In an unguarded moment, many folks have tarnished their reputation which took them many years to acquire. Therefore, no one can be said to be safe until we are taken to be with Jesus. Once saved always saved is a myth. Guard your heart and your actions, and stay close to Jesus.
Sing: Hold to God’s unchanging hand. Hold to God’s unchanging hand. Build your hopes on things eternal. Hold to God’s unchanging hand.
Thought For Today: It’s better to be silent and be considered a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.