WEDNESDAY 29TH NOVEMBER, 2017 READ – DAY: Jude 1; Night: Ezk 23-24
THEME: SPEAK LITTLE
TEXT: PROVERBS 17: 27 – 28
HYMN: EMHB 282 – Spirit of wisdom turn our eyes
Have you ever asked yourself why God gave man two ears, two eyes and two nostrils but one mouth? The reason is that you can hear as much as you like, see as much as you wish to see, and smell as much as you can smell, but speak less of what you hear, see or smell.
There are a lot of benefits in speaking less than hearing or seeing or smelling. King Solomon’s book of Proverbs is a poetical book that admonishes both the old and the young on life’s principles which are easy to obey in order to make success. The passage today focuses on bridling the tongue. To be talkative is a bad attitude, because out of many words sin is not absent (Prov. 10: 19).” In most cases a talkative person does it to show off. Some talk to show that they are current in sports, politics, economy, and when you listen to them their words are always full of condemnation. In most cases they are not sure of what they are saying because of lack knowledge and wisdom and their arguments almost always end in violence since they will speak of what they do not fully know or see.
A person of knowledge speaks with wisdom that edifies, educates and gives sound information (Eccl. 10: 12). When you speak little it gives room for others to respond and you also learn from them. Even if you do not have knowledge of what is being discussed the fact that you listen with rapt attention makes you definitely gain more and later have discernment of the topic and be able to contribute more meaningfully. What can restrain you from a lose tongue is to feed your heart with the Word of God constantly because out of the abundance of heart the mouth speaks (Matt 12: 34). Learn to tame your tongue. James 3:8 describes the tongue as an “unruly evil, full of deadly poison,” adding that “Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let Him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom”.
MEMORY VERSE: Eccl. 5: 3 “For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words”
PRAYER: Lord God, teach me to be quick to hear, see and smell, but slow to speak so that I will not be a fool but an instrument of blessing to my generation in Jesus’ name. Amen.