Posted by: bshelley | May 8, 2009

Dead flies stink


Today’s Verse: Ecclesiastes 10:1 Dead flies make a perfumer’s oil stink, so a little foolishness is weightier than wisdom and honor. NASB

To be quite frank, I picked today’s verse because it struck me funny. I don’t remember reading it previously although I know I have and it just didn’t hit me in the right mood. Something that should have been very fragrant and pleasing was ruined by such a small thing. The small stinky dead fly odor overcame the perfume and ruined it. Life is a lot like that is it not? All too often we read of years of faithful service being ruined by one moral slip. Money embezzled, marital covenants broken, a promise unfulfilled, one time slips in judgment can ruin lives and reputations. A little thing compared to the whole, but the stench of it can ruin a life. Solomon shares wisdom that just “a little foolishness” can out weigh greater volumes of honor and wisdom. We have all seen this too. A teenager in a lapse of good judgment racing about in a car has a wreck and lives are changed forever. Foolish words too can leave lasting wounds. God can restore us but consequences, like small fragments of broken glass from a shattered precious keepsake, cannot be made whole again. Let us always seek God’s wisdom and exercise care in all our dealings so as to remain a fragrant aroma, a living sacrifice as we live lives for Him.

May God bless your heart as you seek His.



  1. We should always be on guard and tame our tongues. Our tongue can say a lot of things that can destory us and/or the other person. On another point, we should not judge anybody for one mistake because we too can commi mistakes in our lives.

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  3. Good evening. Indeed a good reminder to take heed to our words and actions. There’s often a very fine line between gathering unto the Lord and scattering abroad.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.


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