Proverbs 17:26-28 Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity. 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 being the Pastor of 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 just about 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 is not a Bob original, but I’ll always remember him whenever I hear it.
The Bible supports what Bob said too. It says someone who is a good listener and does not 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. I have also heard it said that God gave us two ears and one mouth, so we ought to listen twice as much as we talk.
Have you ever noticed that most intelligent people seem to be excellent listeners? Have you ever considered why that might be? It very well could be that the reason they are so wise in the first place is they have listened, and learned so much, from so many. Being wise though is more than just listening. It’s also choosing who, and what you listen too as well.
In the world today there is a flood of information out there. However, all of it is not beneficial information, as some of it will lead you astray from the will of God. Therefore, it is not only wise to listen, but also to select the right people to be around so you 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 often. It contains the wisdom for all the ages.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
Finding a quiet time and place where you can get alone with God each day is so rewarding. If you don’t already have such a time and place, I’d encourage you to make that a priority in the days to come. Then get alone with God and read your Bible there, pray, and listen for God’s still small voice. You know you’ll be listening to the right things there in your quiet place.
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Isaiah 5 – 9 / Proverbs 17:26-28
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Job 13-16 / Acts 20
Living In His Word Ministries
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