Proverbs 17:27-28 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.
God allowed me the privilege of Pastoring a man named Bob who has now gone home to be with the Lord. Bob had many wise sayings and jokes he loved to share with anyone who would listen. One of his sayings was; “It’s better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you’re stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.” I know that’s not a Bob original, but I’ll always remember him whenever I hear it.
The Bible supports Bob’s saying. It says someone who is a good listener and doesn’t feel the need to talk all the time is believed to be wise. It goes on to say that even a fool can be thought of as wise if they don’t say anything to prove otherwise. It’s been said that God gave us two ears and one mouth, so we ought to listen twice as much as we talk. Have you noticed that most intelligent people are excellent listeners? It very well could be the reason why they are so wise in the first place. Being wise though is more than just listening. It’s also choosing who, and what you listen too as well.
Today we have a flood of information around us. However, all of it is not beneficial information, as some of it will lead you astray from the will of God. Therefore, it’s not only wise to listen, but also to know you’re hearing the right things. One thing is for sure, we need to learn to tune out the world a bit more and tune into God’s word more.
Finding a quiet time and place to get alone with God each day is so rewarding. If you don’t already have one, I’d encourage you to make that a priority in life. Then get alone with God. You know you’ll be listening to the right things there.
Can you hear God’s still small voice?
Living In His Word Ministries
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… and the Word of God into people.”
Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director