Words from the Heart for Tuesday October 31st, 2017
Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.
Proverbs 17:28 (NLT)
Sometimes we are far too eager to speak. We are quick to offer advice. We want others to know that we, too, are very capable. We even like the sound of our own voice. This verse says the opposite. Keeping silent can be the best way to express our wisdom. Sometimes when we don’t know the answer we can wait before we speak. We can trust the Lord that there will be the right moment to share the wealth of wisdom within us.
This past June 10 students who had been accepted to Harvard had their acceptance rescinded because of things they foolishly posted online after their acceptance. Anne-Marie Roy, national deputy chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students, said that Harvard did the right thing by rescinding the offers. “I’m happy to see that the institution is doing everything in its power to ensure that students on campus are safe and not surrounded by individuals who perpetuate and promote violence,” she said. Few Canadian universities check applicants’ Facebook accounts.
A professor of mine many years ago told our class “better to remain silent and thought a fool than to open our mouths and remove all doubt.” I wonder to this day if he realized that humourous truth was actually from the Bible. Solomon expressed the same sentiment this way in Proverbs 17:28, “Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.” There is a time for everything under heaven, Ecclesiastes reminds us, a time to be silent and time to speak. It takes wisdom to know when each is the best step. We all know people who spout off about everything and anything and have no sense of when to keep their mouths shut. We need to be so in tune with God’s Spirit that we know the best time to be silent. The wisest people I know are those who seldom speak but when they do, what they say is worth hearing. I want to be like them. We all should want to be like them. It is wise to be like them.
These have been words from the heart.