“If a ruler’s anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great errors to rest.” Ecclesiasties 10:4
This is an interesting verse, here you have a situation where there is great stress, but Solomon here says that under great stress remain calm and think with your brains. Now this is nothing new, you hear this all around today. Be calm think it through. But what I think Solomon is getting at here is that emotions can get the best of you. In tough situations you or in situations where something shocking happens, we all tend to either get angry, become afraid, or in most situations, just tense up to what is going on. It also doesn’t get a lot to get us frazzled also. It could be anything, our boss yelling at us, unexpected news coming in, traffic, heck even a hot girl coming up to talk to you. It takes something that will send us over thinking with our emotions rather then thinking with our brains.
Think it through and stay straight. Okay for me this is easy to say but not easy to do. What I think Solomon is coming on to here is that I must be have this ability to think through high degrees of stress. But what I find important here is that he sad “do not leave your post.” Meaning for me, do not leave what God has called you to do. Do not leave the assignment that was given to you. Stay true to it. For me I need to write down the assignment and know exactly what it is. That way under stress I have a road map, I have a guide post. I have direction.
Lord thank you for all this reminder.