“He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit. Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.”
In these two passages we see two men, both considered wise. The first who is truly wise does not boast of his knowledge, he uses his words sparingly. But the second is a fool who holds his peace and keeps his mouth shut; he too is considered wise because he didn’t share the nonsense of his heart and mind.
A wise man considers his words before he speaks them, just as the man who is slow to anger is mighty, so is the man of wisdom who keeps himself controlled in what he reveals and what he does not.
But even when a fool holds his words and appears wise, God knows his heart! What are we? Have we learned to control our passions? Do we speak before we have prayed about it? Do we render righteous judgments? Or have we been found to have mouths with words that flow as a spring run-off? Do we tell all to impress and show our true being? Do we condemn quickly? (Proverbs 29:11)
When we commit our ways unto the Lord, nothing will have the power to destroy the Spirit’s work within us and all of our thoughts will be established.
Prayer: Father, we do commit our thoughts and our speech to you this day. We ask that you open our mouth at the right time and allow the words of our mouth and the meditation of our hearts to be acceptable in thy sight, Oh, LORD, our Strength and our Redeemer. Bridle our tongue when our flesh wants to respond; keep us from foolish ranting. LORD, we commit this day to you and seek your understanding. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Connie Renfro ©
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
A Moment In Proverbs: Proverbs 17:27-28