“Dead flies putrefy the perfumer’s ointment, and cause it to give off a foul odor; so does a little folly to one respected for wisdom and honor.”
I love this verse! It’s sooooo gross. Do you remember last summer when we set those fly traps out back? Remember how BAD they began to smell?
That horrific, rotting, stench…oh man I can’t help but laugh…we couldn’t figure out what the smell was but then it turned out to be the Fly trap, full of nasty, dead, rotting flies. So gross! (Yes I know honey, I just bought another one, but I promise, if we empty it before it starts to smell it won’t be a problem)
So think about that, Solomon says that dead flies putrefy the perfumer’s ointment. He knew exactly what we experienced with those disgusting flies. Even in a perfumer’s ointment, an oil that would have been exceptionally fragrant, as the dead flies begin to build they would turn into a nasty rotting mess that would stink like nobody’s business.
In his wisdom Solomon points out that the same thing can happen in our lives. You see, folly, or foolishness can taint and destroy our reputation of wisdom and honor. God may give us wisdom, we may live an extraordinary life of honor, we may be the most upstanding citizen in the world but foolishness destroy everything in a matter of seconds.
How often do you hear news stories about Pastors caught in a scandal, or business leaders caught in unethical situations? Sadly we see this far too often, compromises begin as seemingly innocent decisions but destroy the hearts of those in the compromise and leave a wake of destruction in their path.
Maybe it is blatant sin, but it can also be those quiet little sins that destroy us from the inside out. We could have “Incognito flies” like bitterness, anger, rage, lies, and jealousy that are secretly destroying our lives and our witness for God. We live with these little flies until one day we realize how far we have fallen from God and we don’t know where to turn.
So what are we to do? We need to destroy the flies in our lives! We need to be aggressive towards them and seek and destroy the things in your life that are keeping you from drawing near to God. If you don’t let the flies build up in the oil, they’ll never get a chance to rot and fester in the trap!
What are the flies in your life? Take some time in prayer, ask the Lord to show you what you need to eradicate from your life and Let’s kill those flies!