Sweet Silence

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 17

Gold Nugget
Verse 27: "He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.”  

Commentary
Again Proverbs demonstrates the beauty of silence in a wise man. Like many verses mentioned elsewhere in Scripture, the ability to hold one’s tongue is a trait to be sought after. The old cliché that is well known, but originated in Proverbs and in this very chapter (verse 28) says, “Better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt”. Time and time we see the need to have restraint over the most difficult thing to tame - the tongue. As a matter of fact, the bible says that no man can tame the tongue. (James 3:8) However, the bible also says that the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart. That being said, the bible says that He (God) will create in us a new heart. When He creates in us a new heart that is modeled after His, the abundance that will overflow into the tongue will be gentle, kind and loving. It will be patient; it will be humble and will not spill ungodly things. It will by default pour out what is appropriate and in line with the Word of God. In that, it will be when it is needed and beneficial to His Kingdome. All in all, in a world so devoid of understanding, it may be found to be mute unless given inspiration by God. Most of what we say is an outpour from our flesh and doesn’t please God. If we were to practice self control and uphold a calm spirit, we would be more reflective of our Savior and less like this ungodly generation.

Prayer
Lord, help me to lay hold to the beauty of the calm and silent character that you would have me to exhibit. Make it so that when I do speak, it will be more reserved for your Words that provoke godliness than my words that provoke folly. Amen

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