April 22, Proverb 22: 10, “Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.” This verse caught my attention today. Our world is so full of strife, quarrels and insults. I would add name-calling, ridicule, and distrust. How is mockery related to our world, I pondered. A “mocker” is someone who “mocks”, hmmmm, not too helpful. A “mocker” is also someone all dressed up in formal clothes acting important. It can be slang for thwarting. “The fool becomes the mocker who calls what is good, ‘evil,’ and what is evil, ‘good.’ To mock, is to ridicule or scorn, to be confused about what is good and what is evil. In the mix-up of values, we become the authority on issues like sheltering, and our feelings seem to be the barometer of good and evil. Oh my. Driving out mockery, seems to drive us from emotional volatility to a stable source of wisdom. My thoughts go to James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault and it will be given to him…v.17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming sown from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” What a positive promise to face the day with. Of course, I must be willing to listen! I will post the second study on the book of Daniel near noon.