Recently, a well-known speaker was canceled from speaking at an event. I am not sure of the issues surrounding the cancelation, nor do I wish to know. What is certain is that God ordains and assigns these situations for a reason, and the lessons to be learned are for those who are involved, not for the rest of us.
In Proverbs 26:17, Solomon writes, “Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears.” When I picture someone taking a passing dog by the ears I think of my son who owns a Mastiff for a pet. First of all, this dog doesn’t look like a dog; he looks more like a lion. Second, I have taken this dog for walks – or should I say this dog has taken me for walks! You get the picture. Whenever I see someone jogging in our direction, I see them taking a gentle detour around us. No one in his right mind would ever come up to this dog and start petting it, and it would be inconceivable for someone to grab its ears; this would not be a very pretty picture.
In Proverbs 20:3, Solomon writes, “It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling.” The simple fact is that some people just can’t mind their own business. Everyone likes to throw their line in where the fish seem to be gathering, and many like to be a part of the latest gossip and conflict. If God wanted us to be a part of someone else’s problems, He would have placed us in the midst of them.
It’s time to learn that meddling always leads to further conflict and robs us of own spiritual forward motion. And for those who just can’t seem to stay away because meddling seems to be their second nature, try to picture the end result of grabbing the ears of a Mastiff!