Lord, Help Me To Focus On the Flies In My Ointment


Fly in the ointment

fly in the ointment is an idiom that has its origins in a text written thousands of years ago. We will look at the meaning of the phrase a fly in the ointment, the origins of this phrase and some examples of its use in sentences.

A fly in the ointment describes something slightly irritating that ruins the overall picture, the enjoyment or success of a situation. A fly in the ointment is a minor drawback that keeps someone from proclaiming a complete success. The idiom fly in the ointment most probably has its roots in the Old Testament, in the book of Ecclesiastes. In the King James version, translated in the early 1600s, the passage reads: “Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.” Well over one hundred idioms in common usage can be traced to the King James translation of the Bible. Interestingly, the first use of the idiom a fly in the ointment didn’t appear in the English language until early in the 1700s, in the book A Practical Treatise Concerning Humility by John Norris.Advertisement

I catch myself talking about the irritating things about others or complaining or praying fo someone else to change, but do I beg God to change me?

Am I aware of the offense things that I am do, say and cause that are stenches in the nostrils of those I offend? Can I be neutral in critiquing my flaws? Honest in estimating my success and my imperfections? Can we say that we know God if do not mortify the deeds of our members?

For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. (Romans 8:13)

I had this phrase repeating in my head, the deeds of the flesh and the deeds of the Spirit are manifest. So that means that others can see if you are good…others can see if there are gaping holes.

Proverbs 9:1Wisdom has built her house;

she has carved outa her seven pillars.

2She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; 

she has also set her table.

3She has sent out her maidservants; 

she calls out from the heights of the city.

4“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” 

she says to him who lacks judgment.

5“Come, eat my bread 

and drink the wine I have mixed.

6Leave your folly behind, and you will live; 

walk in the way of understanding.”

7He who corrects a mocker brings shame on himself; 

he who rebukes a wicked man taints himself.

8Do not rebuke a mocker, or he will hate you; 

rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.

9Instruct a wise man, and he will be wiser still; 

teach a righteous man, and he will increase his learning.

10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, 

and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

11For through wisdomb your days will be multiplied, 

and years will be added to your life.

12If you are wise, you are wise to your own advantage; 

but if you scoff, you alone will bear the consequences.

I want so badly to be like Wisdom. I love the personification of Wisdom as a woman who is wisely preparing her home for company.

Yet, I see ways that I need to get the dead flies out of my ointment and I need to be patient to achieve the prize.



pride (countable and uncountable, plural prides)

The quality or state of being proud; an unreasonable overestimation of one’s own superiority in talents, beauty, wealth, rank etc., which manifests itself in lofty airs, distance, reserve and often contempt of others.
(often with of or in) A sense of one’s own worth, and abhorrence of what is beneath or unworthy of one; lofty self-respect; noble self-esteem; elevation of character; dignified bearing; proud delight; — in a good sense.
He took pride in his work.
He had pride of ownership in his department.
(Can we date this quote by Macaulay?)
A people which takes no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors will never achieve anything worthy to be remembered with pride by remote descendants.
(Can we date this quote by William Blake?)
The pride of the peacock is the glory of God.
Proud or disdainful behavior or treatment; insolence or arrogance of demeanor; haughty bearing and conduct; insolent exultation; disdain; hubris.
(Can we date this quote by G. K. Chesterton?), Introduction to Aesop’s Fables
Pride goeth before the fall.
That of which one is proud; that which excites boasting or self-congratulation; the occasion or ground of self-esteem, or of arrogant and presumptuous confidence, as beauty, ornament, noble character, children, etc.
(Can we date this quote by Spenser?)
lofty trees yclad with summer’s pride
(Can we date this quote by Bible?), Zech. ix. 6
I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.
(Can we date this quote by Goldsmith?)
a bold peasantry, their country’s pride
Show; ostentation; glory.
(Can we date this quote by Shakespeare?)
Pride, pomp and circumstance of glorious war.
Highest pitch; elevation reached; loftiness; prime; glory,
to be in the pride of one’s life.
(Can we date this quote by Shakespeare?)
a falcon, towering in her pride of place
Consciousness of power; fullness of animal spirits; mettle; wantonness.
Lust; sexual desire; especially, excitement of sexual appetite in a female beast.
(zoology, collective) A company of lions or other large felines.
A pride of lions often consists of a dominant male, his harem and their offspring, but young adult males ‘leave home’ to roam about as bachelors pride until able to seize/establish a family pride of their own.
(zoology) The small European lamprey species Petromyzon branchialis.
Alternative letter-case form of Pride (“festival for LGBT people”).
For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:pride.
— Read on en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/pride

Today’s Scripture of the day is Proverbs 16:18:

“Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.”

‭‭PROVERBS‬ ‭16:18‬ ‭AMP‬‬

I ask the Lord to forgive me for my pride. Looking at the definition, I realize how easy it is to fall into pride! Pride will take over, and you do not even have the faintest idea that the way you answered that text message is pride! Or because you won’t communicate with others, that is pride! I am saddened at my ignorance to the truth about my pride and I am grateful that my eyes have been opened!

Ask yourself if you can see where pride needs to be cut out of your heart.

Father God, in Jesus’ name, I ask you to work pride out of us and free us from this ugly mentality. Lord, many, including me, are blinded to our ways and their impacts. Help us to turn from this and be more holy as You are holy and be honest enough to face our fears about what ever we are suffering and stop hiding because of our pride. Help us, dear Lord, to be humble and not boast in what we can do and be puffed up. Help us to esteem others better than ourselves and ask forgiveness to those our pride has effected. Please forgive me. In Jesus’ name, amen!