I have often thought about when to speak up and when to be quiet. I think we prefer the speaking side of that discussion. Proverbs gives us a view of when talking isn’t good. If the evil man would keep his mouth shut, he would be better off. On the flip side the innocent don’t have trouble. It makes me wonder what they have or haven’t said.
Verse 14 talks about working and enjoying the results of that hard work. I think some of that hard work is related to figuring out when and how to speak. Reading God’s Word and praying are two tools I use to help me in that area.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You again for the wisdom in Your Word. Please guide my words that I might be Your tool to draw others closer to You.
The Bible tells us that wisdom and understanding have a voice. I think we can often struggle listening to that voice. Life is full. I know my to do list never seems to shrink. Without priorities, we risk wasting time. My prayer is to efficiently use the time I have each day for the honor and glory of God. I have a long way to go.
I need to start with listening to wisdom and understanding. They come first from God’s Word and then from other believers who have faithfully studied and lived God’s way. There is no better way.
Dear Heavenly Father, please help me to listen to the voice of wisdom and understanding. I need Your help to discern what is right according to Your ways. Please guide me and help me to be a positive influence in those around me.