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Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind. And the fool will be the servant to the wise of heart. —proverbs 11:29
Tragically, families do fail. Often it’s a temporary set-back, but sometimes it’s a train wreck. Here’s the thing to remember: a great family is neither accidental nor automatic. Family failures aren’t accidental or automatic either. Here is where the wisdom of Proverbs shines. Proverbs 11:29a points to the cause-and-effect process that can deeply affect a family: “Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind.”
What did you do?
“I troubled my own household.”
How did you do that?
“I took an axe to the base of my own tree.”
You did what? You’ve been growing that for years.
“Yeah, and then I made some choices that chopped it down.”
Again, “Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind.” We don’t need a Bible scholar to understand that. Just picture yourself at the long-awaited meeting where the final Will and Testament is being read of a person from whom you expect to receive a great sum. And the lawyer or the executor says, “And for you, your inheritance is . . . the wind.” What does that mean? It means you get . . . nothing, right?
I think it’s important to note that in Biblical times, there were no loans. Credit as we know it was non-existent. If your family didn’t leave you land or the ability to buy property, if you didn’t own property, you were a beggar. Ownership depended primarily on inheritance. That makes this proverb so strong. Here’s part b of the proverb: “ . . . and the fool will be the servant of the wise of heart.” Out of the gate, it may look like carelessness with the family won’t make a difference. Fame and fortune demand to be higher priorities. Family can wait. But that’s a foolish choice. In the end, it’s the wise who win and the fools who lose. Fame and fortune won’t protect a family from train wrecks.
There are two kinds of people getting this: one group are the wise who are already doing well in their families and want to do better, the other group realize they have contributed to the failures in their family and are ready to repent. If you’re reading this and it doesn’t make sense, you may have gotten used to living in a train wreck! Let’s all continually give ourselves and our families into God’s hands and seek to listen to His guidance as we live together.
Prayer: Father in heaven, thank You for my family. Forgive me for times when I have been careless or thoughtless about the people who are central or should be central in my life. Open my eyes and my heart to the places where I can be the family member You want me to be. Teach me to be wise toward each person in my family out of obedience to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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