"Patience can persuade a prince, and soft speech can crush strong opposition." (Proverbs 25:15, NLT)
I read this in my quiet time this morning. There are two obvious elements in this verse that need to be up and running in my life. Let me move that discussion to the bottom of the page.
A prince. I want to live like a prince. Remember Prince? I wanted to be Prince. Talent, good looks, melts the hearts of the ladies; Prince had mojo, man. He made his guitar scream like Hendrix, but was smooth and had soul. What a showman.
Crush opposition. That is what it’s all about, right? Like the Gladiator. Maximus crushes his opposition to a bloody pulp to the bitter end. He gathers a squad of unruly rogues, lock shields, and takes down anyone or anything the Evil Empire throws at him. He annihilates his foes. Right on.
Patience? Soft speech? I need those? Will they make me heroic? Will they make my life epic?
I want to be a showman like Prince. I want to be a battled hardened man like Maximus the Gladiator. I want everyone to know that I will crush my political and moral enemies in one fell swoop. I will identify myself as a brilliant showman and loud opponents of evil like a super hero. Or one of those wrestlemania wrestlers.
But is that real? Will I really impact eternity? Is it a wise way to live? With these two attributes, patience and soft speech, I’m told I can have influence beyond anything that brings attention to myself.
I can watch God work.
I can get out of the way and watch Him influence the influential. I will watch God liquefy opposition.
I hate to wait. I think I have to be loud and always right. But God has called me to be humble before Him. Humility has been demonstrated by the wise to persuade and subdue forces that keep people from a meeting with a Savior.