June 2017           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

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Life Lines by Les Turvey

THE STUPID GENE

A repair shop advertises, “We repair what your husband fixed.” I guess they rely on husbands with a stupid gene.

It started simply enough. Our carpet shampooer refused to work.

You wives know what happened next. Hubby figured he could tinker with it a bit, and everything would be fine.

Let’s see. First I’ll take off this cover….. Now, if I remove this screw it should..… Then, undo this gizmo….. And that’s how it went. Soon I had a mechanical jigsaw puzzle, with no idea of how to put it together.

When I finally gave up, Betty saved me the embarrassment of taking the parts to the repair shop, but she did ask what she should tell the service man. “Tell her a friend tried to fix it for you,” I suggested. Not a lie, really, since husbands and wives are supposed to be friends.

When she returned, saying it would cost a month’s grocery money to reassemble the shampooer, I felt lower than the dirt it was to have cleaned from the carpet. And it didn’t raise my spirits when someone suggested I inherited a stupid gene, and shouldn’t tackle anything more complicated than changing a light bulb.

Why do us guys get into such muddles? Do we really have a stupid gene, or is there something else? Let’s look to the bible for answers.

King Solomon said, “He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him (Proverbs 18:13 NKJV).” Considering this in a mechanical sense he said, “If you start fixing something when you haven’t read the manual, you’ll wind up with egg on your face.”

In another place The Wise One said, “Where there is no counsel, the people fall. When I didn’t ask for advice I certainly fell in my quest to get our shampooer working. Guess I should have listened to Solomon, ‘cause the rest of the verse says, “…in the multitude of counsellors there is safety (Proverbs 11:14).”

Finally, ol’ Solomon noted, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18).” Was I too proud to ask for counsel before I started my project of destruction? Did I have a spirit of arrogance that caused me to believe I could get the machine going myself?

Many people -- not you, of course -- are like that. They’ll read a verse or two of scripture, and decide for themselves what it means. But in discussion with those who investigate all the related scriptures, they may slink away in humiliation. Truly, whoever answers a matter before he has all the facts is foolish and shameful.

Safer to ask for counsel regarding a decision, but the counsel must not come only from those who agree with the decision.

The Roman statesman, Cicero, wrote, “I always study my adversary’s case with greater carefulness than my own.” He knew it’s easy to be mesmerized with one’s own opinion, right or wrong. He also knew the other fellow could -- would -- have some valid points to consider.

Unfortunately human pride causes many people not to ask for counsel or, if they do, they reject it. The destruction of our shampooer was only temporary, but the destruction that follows ingrained pride before God can be eternal, and a spirit of arrogance can start one on the slippery slope to that destruction.

Leslie A Turvey
A servant of the only true and living God

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