Book: Proverbs 26
“Trusting a fool to convey a message is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison!”
King Solomon, in his day, did not have the ability to phone, text, or send e-mails and so when he needed to get a message out he would communicate it to a person who would take it to the appropriate person. King Solomon would expect that the messenger would take it straight away to the person. This job, although simple, was important.
May I suggest that there are three important requirements for the messenger. First the messenger needed to be reliable to communicate the exact message. Secondly the messenger needed to be trusted to communicate the message to the right person(s). Thirdly the messenger needed to be focused and not get distracted or sidetracked on the way to deliver the message. If any of these parts were not fulfilled properly it could cause negative consequences to the sender. It would be foolish on the sender’s part to send a fool on such a task.
Today, we do not generally use messengers as they did in Bible Times so how does the wisdom from this proverb relate to us now? Those in the Kingdom are messengers to the world. 2 Corinthians 5: 20 calls us ambassadors, “So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, ‘Come back to God!’” God has given us a message to bring to the world. We need to make sure we communicate it accurately and not add or subtract from it. We need to take the message to the right people. Preaching the message to the already converted, or to the fool is not helpful. We need to ask the Lord who it is He wants us to bring the message to. Thirdly, we need to make sure that we do not get distracted or sidetracked from bringing the message to who God is sending us to. We want to be reliable messengers of the King.
Take time to ask the Lord to help you be a reliable messenger (ambassador) for Him. Ask Him to help you to be clear in presenting His message, to the person(s) He wants you to speak to and that you would stay focused on the task at hand and not be distracted.