January 3rd, 2019
Foolishly Flying Off the Handle
Proverbs 18:13 (KJB) He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
People in this world often assess and move in the decision-making process too fast. Quick decisions can be laced with foolishness, assumptions, incomplete thinking, and often can lead to embarrassment.
It is true, flying off the handle due to a quick assessment or improper evaluation of a situation can sometimes prove to be a fatal move.
In ancient biblical times, while enjoying himself in a party-like atmosphere, King Herod rushed to make a promise to his stepdaughter. He desired to bring her what she wished in her heart. Upon hearing her request, which by the way was pressed for by her mother, perhaps the king would have liked to travel a short distance back in time to remove his uttering of such a rash offer.
Once something is said, a person cannot merely roll their tongue back in their mouth for wiping away foolish words. Amid this social atmosphere, the public stage had been set, and certain disaster was lurking in bringing about her unexpected demand for the head of John the Baptist.
John the Baptist’s head was indeed delivered to this young woman on a platter for the King had publicly promised that whatever she wished would come to pass. However, this evil act did not stop or foil God’s ultimate plan. God used this situation according to His will as the King, and his family was spiritually shamed in the heart for their sin whether they chose to recognize and repent of their foolish behavior or not.