8 He who digs a pit will fall into it,
And whoever breaks through a wall will be bitten by a serpent.
9 He who quarries stones may be hurt by them,
And he who splits wood may be endangered by it.
(Ecclesiastes 10:8-9, New King James Version)
You may have heard the saying, "What goes around comes around." It seems as though Solomon is addressing this very issue in verses 8 and 9 of Ecclesiastes 10.
Could it be that many of our own troubles are the results of our own actions? In each of the four examples given above, the evil that one is intending for another falls upon himself instead.
Why is it that we seem to be more worried about the actions of our neighbors than our own actions? Why is it that we are so quick to take action against someone who has wronged us, or at least our perception is that they have wronged us?
Is this attitude only seen among the people of the world? No! In Christian circles one does not have to look very far to see this same attitude crop up again and again. I wonder what would happen to the Christian movement, worldwide, if this were changed? The Bible tells us that vengeance belongs to God.
I would encourage all of us, this day, to pray for grace from God that He would keep us from criticism, anger, and vengeance against those with whom we interact this day.
Even more, let us pray that God would replace that critical spirit with one of longing that those around us would come to Christ. How amazing would that be?
God Bless You,