Wisdom Wednesday: Broken Teeth and a Foot Out of Joint

"Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth and a foot out of joint."  —Proverbs 25:19

“Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth and a foot out of joint.” —Proverbs 25:19

While trying to decide the topic for this week’s Wisdom Wednesday, I was reminded of a dream I’d had. Although I have heard many people say they have had dreams in which their teeth fell out or broke, I’d never had that dream until three nights ago. I was still trying to decide between two topics when I found out that someone hyper-extended his foot this evening. Broken teeth, foot out of joint? I couldn’t ignore the ‘signs’.

“Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth and a foot out of joint.” —Proverbs 25:19

Have you ever been surprised to find out who your real friends are during times of trouble? Although I try to be a good friend even during times of difficulty and need, I’m sure I have disappointed the expectations of family and friends at one time or another.

“In times of difficulty, friendship is on trial.” —Greek proverb

“The shifts of fortune test the reliability of friends.” —Cicero

“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.” —J.R.R. Tolkien

“He that trusts a faithless friend has a good witness against him.” —Spanish proverb

“He’s my friend that speaks well of me behind my back.” —Thomas Fuller

Have you ever been surprised by the faithfulness or generous support of those far away as opposed to those who are close?

“A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand.” —Kahlil Gibran

“We are attractive and winsome when in Christ’s name we ask questions and truly listen, when we share the suffering of another, and when we risk everything to be authentic.” —Denis Haack, Founder and Director of Ransom Fellowship

“The genuine friend, who is affected with the joys and sorrows of another, is a medicinal cordial, the sanctuary of the heart, the delight of the eyes, and worthy of confidence.” —Hindu proverb

“And, sometimes love looks like inaction when you’re really choosing not to enable.” —Jennifer, blogger in Rucksack Full O’Rocks


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About Rene Yoshi

Just a transplanted Okinawan-French Southern girl with a wee bit o' Irish, sharing photography and what I'm learning about spiritual things, including putting off legalism and religious traditions, and embracing God's matchless love, tender mercy, and amazing grace! View all posts by Rene Yoshi

7 responses to “Wisdom Wednesday: Broken Teeth and a Foot Out of Joint

  • Tienny The Storyteller

    Rene, good one and thank you for reminder as a warning 🙂


  • waynemali

    I used to dream all the time that my teeth were falling out , it was my most regular dream for years, but funnily enough since I’ve been sober & walking with God , I don’t recall having that dream since.

  • Randell Bell

    Yes I agree Rene. Trust in an untrustworthy friend is kind of like trying to use a leaky bucket to carry water, it just doesn’t work or you work twice as hard with half the results. There are friends and there are good friends and then there are acquaintances, and sometimes the lines get blurred. A friend loves at all times, (Prov.17:17) but there is a friend that is closer than a brother, (Prov.18:24) but an acquaintance is someone you may know by name, but don’t know well enough to trust. I guess it all boils down to my mentor Jesus Christ who said people can say anything, but it’s by their fruits that you really know who a person truly is. Thanks Rene another good one. 🙂

    • Rene Yoshi

      What a great analogy! Yes, it is by our fruits, our actions that we are truly known and not just by what we say. I try to give people the benefit of the doubt and many chances, because we all have our moments of forgetfulness and such. But it would be foolish to rely upon those who are consistently untrustworthy. Thank you, Randell! 🙂

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