Proverbs 29:19-21 A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer. Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him. He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length.
“Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.” Today this same warning is stated in phrases such as, “Watch out for a Fast-Talking Salesperson,” or “Beware of Mr. Smooth Talker.” The warnings may give us the idea that the problem is in what is said. However, the real problem is not in the speaking, it is in the speaker. Pride and arrogance often accompany their character as they like who they are and believe they are right even when proven wrong.
This is part of our society’s problems today. We want everyone to have a sense of great self-esteem. Please do not misunderstand, we ought to know God created us and He loves us for exactly who He made us to be. However, He also warns us repeatedly about thinking to highly of ourselves.
So why do our Smooth Fast-Talkers have such a problem? It is because they are all about telling you what they think and not taking time to think about what God thinks. Jesus warned the disciples in Matt. 10:19 not to take thought of what they would say, it would be given them. Again, in Matt. 13:11 they are told the Holy Spirit would give them what they should say.
If I ask you what you think about a world crisis, most often you have an opinion and can share it rather quickly. If asked what you think God’s Word says on this same matter, you must stop and think. The Holy Spirit then brings verses to mind and you begin to think as God thinks. Often the two opinions are not the same. So which opinion do you think is more accurate? Yours alone, or yours mingled with the counsel of God’s Word.
Isaiah 31:2 says God never calls His Words back. Psalms 12:6 says His Words are as pure as the purest silver. God’s Words are always right when used in the contest they are given. Do you want to be safe in what you say? Think on what God says and use that.
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