Singing at the wrong time is like Baking Soda and Vinegar
Both baking soda and vinegar are often used in our home. I use baking soda when I am making my gluten free banana bread with dark chocolate morsels. I use vinegar when I want to clean the mineral deposits from our Cosori. I know when to use one and when to use the other. I don’t mix the two. The reason is simple: I don’t want to make a mess.
The Problem with the Two Together
Baking soda is an alkaline compound. Vinegar is an acid. Generally speaking, they don’t need to be used at the same time. Baking soda is great for baking. Vinegar can be a useful cleaning agent or for cooking. But wait, baking soda is also a useful cleaning agent. So, neither one of them is bad when used properly in cooking, baking, or cleaning. However, using them at the same time might not always be wise. Adding vinegar to my gluten free banana bread would be foolish.
Cheering a Heavy Heart
Sometimes we try to “cheer someone up” when what they really need is just a listening ear or a kind touch. Sometimes it means sharing tears or just coming alongside during a hard time. Solomon knew that wisdom means that a cheerful song isn’t always the right answer to another’s needs. Sometimes it is, but it is best to go softly and gently when someone has a heavy heart.
Proverbs 25:20 “Whoever sings songs to a heavy heart is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, and like vinegar on soda.”
Don’t Foolishly Deal with a Heavy Heart
“A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty, but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.” Proverbs 27:3
There is a time to sing and not to sing. Solomon also wrote a song. One of the stanzas says there is “a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance…” Don’t sing when it is weeping time.
How to Identify a Follower of Jesus
A disciple of Jesus has received comfort from God during the times of a heavy heart. Therefore, they are equipped to comfort others with similar comfort. That requires wisdom.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Five Minute Friday
This post is part of the weekly Five-Minute Friday link-up.
All scripture passages are from the English Standard Version except as otherwise noted.