Deal with problems early

 
Number 2 – Deal with problems early
 
‘The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out.  Proverbs 17:14
 
When I read this verse I pictured in my mind a flowing stream, and someone is trying to build a dam so the amount of water will rise and they can swim a little. They begin by blocking the stream with stones until the water is stopped from flowing and it rises. But a little problem comes alone because a small trickle of water has found its way through the rocks. And before you know it this small trickle has actually moved a few tiny stones, and now more water is coming through. Then larger rocks are being removed out of their place by the force of water. So what began with a trickle ended in a flood. The dam is swept away, the pool of water is emptied, and all the work was lost.
 
I see this as a picture in which strife and arguments are like the first trickle of water. In any relationship that ends in bitterness and
unforgiveness there is a small moment when it all began. For every disagreement that ends in divorce, quitting the job, being fired, or a long friendship over, you may have not noticed but there was a moment when the first smallest pebble was moved and opened the way for the first trickle of disagreement. It may be the first harsh word, the first angry look, the first wound, or the first moment trust was broken. It may have not seemed like much at that time, but the end is in the beginning. Later after the fact
the people involved know that if they could go back and do it all over again the outcome could have been different.

But you can’t go back, so deal with conflict of any kind early.

Don’t let small resentments take root because they will grow.
 
Remember what Proverbs says, ‘The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before quarrel starts.’
 
God bless
Think Big
Pastor Lloyd

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