"Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not meet words of knowledge." Proverbs 14:7 ESV
If you have been a subscriber of the Seeds to Life devotion for any period of time, you know that this ministry is devoted to inspiring you to fully express who God has create you to be. To be a good steward of the gifts, talents and resources that you have been given. Of the resources that we have been given, time is one of the most valuable. Many of our other resources are renewable. Time is not.
It should therefore not be a surprise that the enemy of our souls will do all that he can to distract us and waste the time we have been given.
An excerpt from CS Lewis Screwtape Letters, where the senior demon, Screwtape, is trying to help his new tempting nephew, Wormwood, keep the new Christian sliding away from his faith.
"You no longer need a good book, which he really likes, to keep him from his prayers or his work or his sleep; a column of advertisements in yesterday’s paper will do. You can make him waste his time not only in conversation he enjoys with people whom he likes, but in conversations with those he cares nothing about on subjects that bore him. You can make him do nothing at all for long periods."
In this week's passage we are encouraged to leave the presence of a fool. We are certainly called to be a witness, to those around us, and especially to those who are seeking. But there comes a time when even our most sincere efforts become a waste of time. You cannot reason with unreasonable people and you cannot rationalize with irrational people. To engage with a fool is, at best, a waste of time. And time is too precious of a resource to waste.
You have been given a limited number of days. Use them wisely.
This week don't waste time.
In His Hands,