The soul of the wicked desires evil; his neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.
There are some people who are always looking for trouble. They look for ways to cause division and strife. No matter how good someone or something is, they will find fault.
Since such individuals are never looking for good in anything, no one—not even a neighbor—can satisfy them or make them happy.
Jesus Christ had to deal with such people. A group of Pharisees once approached Him, pretending to be sincere, asking if it was lawful to pay taxes. But Christ knew they were only trying to tempt Him into speaking against the Roman government so they would have something to accuse Him of. Using wisdom, Christ answered them in a way that caused them to have absolutely nothing they could accuse Him of (Matthew 22:15-22).
When we encounter such people today, we should always try to set a good example and speak in an acceptable manner. But we must realize that we can’t make everyone happy—some people just want to cause trouble. There is no point reasoning with someone who only wants to cause problems (Proverbs 26:4).
Read our article on when to answer a fool for more guidance on using wisdom in dealing with people trying to cause trouble.
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: "Abraham’s Journey to Canaan."