Pr. 29:19: “A servant will not be corrected by mere words; for though he understands, he will not respond.”
In Acts 17, we find Paul reasoning with the Jews for 3 Sabbaths, telling them that Jesus was the Christ. And some of them were persuaded.
Vs. 5, however, introduces us to some Jews who were not persuaded. They became envious, took some of the evil men from the marketplace, and gathered a mob. Wow! Not only were they not persuaded, but they have actually formed a mob.
They set the city in an uproar and attacked the house of Jason, trying to find Paul and Silas. The mob cried out to the rulers of the city, saying, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here, too.”
In those words we find the reasoning behind their actions. Their world had been turned upside down by the teachings of Paul. Everything they had believed was being shaken, and some of their friends and possibly family were now following another, believing in Jesus as the Messiah.
Not everyone who hears the message of Jesus believes or responds. For others it takes time. Some may even become upset, like these men, or even envious when their own loved one’s turn to Jesus. That does not mean we should stop sharing the truth of the Scriptures.
A lack of response to our words does not always mean a lack of understanding. This proverb reminds us that mere words are not always enough. This is where the Holy Spirit comes in. Once we plant the seeds of the Word, the Holy Spirit can help the seeds germinate and grow.
So share when you’re lead and remember that it’s not up to us to speak perfectly. It’s not our words that bring response, it is the Lord.
Your fellow sharer,