14 Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
Proverbs 10:13-14 (BSB) 13 Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning,
but a rod is for the back of him who lacks judgment.
14 The wise store up knowledge,
but the mouth of the fool invites destruction.
Proverbs 10:13-14 (NLT) 13 Wise words come from the lips of people with understanding,
but those lacking sense will be beaten with a rod.
14 Wise people treasure knowledge,
but the babbling of a fool invites disaster.
Psalm 37:30 The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice.
A wise person will think deeply and pray deeply. They will read the Word of God and study it. They learn about God and what is right and wrong. With the help of the Holy Spirit within them, they develop discernment between what is of God and what is not of God, what is right and what is wrong. Those who are wise, speak carefully and with discretion. They give good advice and are edifying. They are encouraging, supportive, and always point you to God. They teach good things with their mouths. They lead others to think more deeply on subjects. They speak positive, faith-filled words. They use discretion. I.e. they know when to speak and when to be still. They know what to say and what not to say.
But there are those whose words are always stirring up trouble, gossiping, slandering, cursing, lying. They have never learned how to shut up. They talk too much and there is little worth in the constant stream of their mouths. They say things that get them into trouble. Have you ever been with someone that just can't shut up. They get into fights, arguments and quarrels. If you ever watch some of those reality TV shows where the police are trying to talk to someone, you will see people who refuse to obey the commands of the police and those who won't shut up. Their mouths are running non-stop and the lies, curses, threats, and blathering gets them in trouble. They escalate their problems by refusing to cooperate and by running their mouths. Their own mouth is the source of their punishment.
Your speech proves whether you have godly wisdom or whether you are a despiser of wisdom and of God. I remember when Vice President Joe Biden was caught on microphone whispering into President Obama's ear, "This is a big @$%!^* deal". The slip hit the news. He may have blamed the press who played it but it was his own fault. He knew he was near a microphone and he knew better than to use such language. But he did anyway. That's because he doesn't have any godly wisdom. How do I know? His own mouth betrayed him. All he had to say was, "This is a big deal" and there would have been no story. But he didn't use discretion and wisdom. If you don't have discretion and wisdom to control your own tongue on something so small, why should I trust you to have it when you are President of the United States? He has made so many slips over the course of his campaign that people are even wondering if he's having age related mental loss. But he won the candidacy for President on the Democratic ticket??? Bill and Hillary Clinton lied so many times and tried to cover up and deceive that I have no idea how anyone voted for them. They have proven themselves over and over again to be liars. They have exhibited no wisdom or discretion. They think of themselves as bulldozers. They wreak havoc by bulldozing and then try to cover up their mess. That's not good qualities to have in a president.
You can argue the same about President Trump and I agree. I didn't want to vote for him but I had no choice. At least the Republican party is closer to my values and beliefs than the Democratic party so I voted Republican. I have been happily surprised at how well Donald Trump is doing in the office of President. But I'm not in denial.
Why are so many people lacking wisdom? Because they don't believe in God. They have rejected God. They despise God. And it is only from God that we get true wisdom. Godly wisdom originates from God and they reject God. Therefore, they may have book knowledge (higher education); they may have some experience; they may have cunning cleverness... but they don't have godly wisdom.
When a person becomes a believer in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit indwells in them. His job from that point on is to teach, train and empower your newly born spirit. Just think we have a private tutor who loves us and who can shed light on God and His Wisdom. It's like being privately taught by the world's greatest teacher. We have God's Word and we have the Holy Spirit as our teacher. The only caveat is that we must want to be taught. We have to come to the classroom, sit at the desk, open the book and talk to the Teacher. But so many of us Christians don't value godly wisdom. We don't seem to realize how precious it is! So we neglect our studies. We take the Teacher for granted. We play hooky day after day. We see our spiritual time as a drudging duty. Therefore, so many Christians are also lacking in godly wisdom
- How about you? Have you realized the untold richness of wisdom that God has to offer? Have you really accepted that this priceless gift is offered to you freely through the Holy Spirit and the Word of God? Do you treasure it? Do you seek it? Why or why not?
- Have there been times when your mouth and your words got you in trouble? Did you fully realize it was your own words that brought the punishment you received? Or did you try to blame anything and anyone else but your own foolish words?
- Even a Christian who has sat under the tutelage of the Holy Spirit and gained deep insight and wisdom, can mess up. It's possible that they weren't as Christian as you thought they were. They could just have been con men. It's possible that they weren't as wise as you thought they were. They could have fooled you with their big talk which hid little time with God. It's possible that they are Christians and they have spent a lot of time under the teaching of the Holy Spirit but something has changed and has brought them down. They've messed up. Something has happened that has caused them to lose contact with the Holy Spirit inside of them. It could be mental, physical or spiritual trauma. It could be a besetting sin and their lifelong struggle against it has been temporarily lost. I.e. they've lost some battles with it and are in the midst of a spiritual crisis. It could be unacknowledged pride that has gotten a foothold. There are all kinds of reasons. These people need prayer and loving confrontation. Often they are resistant, hostile, and may even try to turn away from the faith because of the lies of satan that come pouring into their ears. Once down, they give up and it all comes crashing in on them. But, prayer can change things. And loving discipline can be effective. You don't cover up a pastor's scandal and let them keep preaching in the pulpit. You have to confront them and remove responsibilities and give them time and counseling. Sometimes a person will react with immediate repentance, humility and work with those who offer to help. Sometimes they don't, at least for awhile. Sometimes they become defensive, in denial, or so angry with God that they refuse help. We must continue to pray for them and offer them good counsel. The goal is to be able to restore to them in their relationship with Jesus and with the fellowship of believers even it's not back to leadership positions. Things may not go back to the same, but they can get better. If you've been involved in church for any length of time, you may realize this happens very, very often whether it's a pastor, a church leader, a teacher, a member. We may think they have it all together. And they may at times. But they also are human beings with faults and they can disappoint us, even shock us. If we can sin, they can sin. We are human beings. If you have experienced something like this, do you think your church leadership handled it correctly? Why or why not? How did the person respond? Do they still need prayer?
- We will never be perfect 100% of the time. But the greatest assurance of being a good Christian is to spend daily time with the Teacher in prayer, meditation, Bible reading and study. How are you doing in this area? How would you rate your spiritual growth?
- If you see your devotional time as time in a classroom being taught by the Teacher... the Teacher who knows ALL things... how are you as a student? A good student? A bad student? How can you improve? Do you want to take advantage of all that the Teacher has to offer? Why or why not?
- I have a nephew who is so smart about teaching himself. If he comes up against a problem, he makes it his business to learn what he can so he can fix the problem. He has saved a lot of money that way. I have a friend who does this too. I'm amazed at how much they find on the Internet as free education. Our friend has been able to help Stan fix his truck. They save so much money fixing stuff themselves. My husband is a very hands on learner. He has taught himself so many things and has saved us many thousands of dollars. If we can teach ourselves about trucks and construction in order to save money... why can't we use these same ways to learn spiritually. However you learn... whether it's reading up on it, watching Youtube videos, listening to podcasts, chasing down things on Wikipedia or websites, studying diagrams... you can use those skills to learn with the Teacher. The Holy Spirit was there when you were created. He intimately knows you. He knows how you learn and He has tailor-made lesson plans just for you - GUARANTEED to work. All he needs is a cooperative and willing student who wants to learn. Are you willing?
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