26 May 2013
A Fly in the Ointment
Ecclesiastes 10:1 says, "Dead flies make the perfumer's ointment give off a stench; so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor." Perfumer's ointment is something that smells good. It is desirable, but something small can make it undesirable, even repulsive. This verse tells us that like those small bugs that can turn something good into something repulsive, "a little folly" can outweigh wisdom and honor. In other words, a person who is otherwise well thought of, wise, and honorable can mess it up by engaging in just a little folly. Harsh words, adultery, a critical spirit, selfishness--any of these things can lead to becoming a stench to others. We should seek to be above reproach and be quick to confess sin and seek forgiveness when we stumble.