Proverbs 24:8,9 Control Freeks

Whoever plots evil
    will be known as a schemer.
9 The schemes of folly are sin,
    and people detest a mocker.

Control Freeks

When people are desperate for a favourable outcome they manipulate those around them.  Fear of possible outcomes can lead to people controlling those around them to make sure things go their way. This not only shows a lack of faith in God, it shows the dehumanization of others.  In unhealthy relationships one person often becomes a ‘parent’ and the other is ‘the child’.  They do not become equals.  One takes control for security and the other gives up control for security.  This may result in a facade of stability but ultimately intimacy between two equal persons is corroded and destroyed.  The root of schemes is often a fear or anxiety.  We fear that we are not respected, loved, or safe.  Of course, with a God oriented focus we are always respected, loved, and safe.  Perhaps if we lived with God in mind our schemes would evaporate. 

Questions

  1. What will an evil plotter be known as?
  2. What kind of character does a scheming mocker have?
  3. How do mockery and manipulation work themselves out in a home situatrion?
  4. Who has manipulated you and what was their motive?
  5. When fears get the better of you, how do you make plans?  Where is God in this?
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About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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