This happened! After a month-long absence I woke up to the sound of raining in my closet! It is not that it was such a strong storm but our flat roof would not drain properly. I called on God first. Wailed, if truth be told. Then I called my husband, a roofer and our insurance company. Thankfully, the drips did not reach my clothes. But it was maddening to hear the slow and constant dripping well after the rain had finished.
Today’s verse describes a quarrelsome wife like that constant drip. Each complaint from her lips and each nagging session can be as annoying as those continual drops of water. Because the verse is speaking of a wife, one can assume the description comes from the husband. In contrast to the Proverbs 31 wife who speaks with wisdom (Prov. 31:26), this wife provokes argument with what comes out of her mouth. She speaks her mind without any self-restraint. Any attempt at correcting her is as futile as restraining wind or grasping slippery oil.
Being quarrelsome can seem quite reasonable and even expected after a hard day. When taking care of the needs of others means lost sleep or when the toilet backs up, a bit of nasty temper seems just the thing to blow off steam. When pressure builds, it is often on those closest to me that I unload. The danger for me is that being contentious can too easily become a habit. I would much rather be characterized by a quiet gentle spirit, making me consistently approachable!
Lord, keep me sweet and peaceable despite my circumstances.