“Like tying a stone in a sling is the giving of honour to a fool” (Proverbs 26:8).
The gaming franchise Angry Birds is about the closest many of us will ever come to manning a slingshot of any kind—albeit virtual elastic models. The real ones are deadly weapons. In war-torn areas Guerrillas still use slings as weapons of choice in street battles. Those defending the high ground can send a hailstorm of rocks upon the heads of their enemies.The most ancient battle in which slings are mentioned is the civil war between Israel and Benjamin. It is recorded that of Benjamin’s army “700 choice men were left-handed; each one could sling a stone at a hair and not miss” (Joshua 20:15).The most famous battle fought with a sling, was that of David and Goliath. With sling in hand, David assessed Goliath as nothing more than a glorified beast trying to run off with his sheep (1 Samuel 17).Our writer of proverbs paints a silly picture of a stone tied into a sling. Rendering the sling useless and the shooter qualified for scorn.But don’t miss his point. He is talking to you and me, who have at one time or another, given honour to a fool. We are the ones tying the stone in the sling, not the fool. Be careful who you honour. Honour to whom honour is due (Romans 13:7). Anything beyond that is futile and probably dangerous in your hands.John staigerIf you have been blessed by this message, please feel free to: Like, Comment or Share it with your friends.