Insight or Strife? – Proverbious – Day 197 – Proverbs 19:13-14
A foolish child is the ruin of his father,
and a contentious wife is like a constant dripping.
A house and wealth are inherited from parents,
but a prudent wife is from the Lord.
Growing up, we always seemed to have a faucet in our kitchen sink that dripped. I don’t know if there was just too much pressure in the house or what, but it always dripped. Even after it had been replaced, in not too long, it would start dripping again. And, being the good kids that we were, we would use bowls and just leave them in the sink. Right under the faucet. In a short while, the bowl would be filled up with water.
With the shape of the sink, the dripping would reverberate throughout the house. You could hear the dripping in the living room. You could hear it in the family room. You could hear it in the bed rooms. You could hear it pretty much everywhere in the house. Sometimes it was loud enough to keep me awake.
So, I learned exactly where to put the faucet. I learned to put the faucet over the divider, just on the corner as it goes back down into the sink. If you put it right in the middle of the divider, it would make a little puddle and splash. But, if you put it just on the corner, the drop of water would be dispersed without making much of a sound at all.
You must be thinking, “why is he talking so much about dripping water?” And I would tell you, that’s a good question. However, I could also tell you that you must not have a dripping faucet in your house. Because if you’d ever had one, you’d know the same thing – Dripping can drive you absolutely insane.
So is the contentious wife to her husband. It is a constant frustration. It keeps you awake. It keeps you from enjoying your house.
However, there is another option. The other option is the wife who has insight. This is the wife who is wise and understanding. She is cautious and careful. She knows how to plan and prepare. She knows how to take care of the family. She knows how to make the household prosper. She is a gift from God.
Insight or strife. One is a gift from God, the other is a nuisance that seems insignificant but drives you crazy. So, the question is, are you going to bring insight or strife?