In Your Reach
From Proverbs 29
Hope from Today's Reading:
"A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back." (Proverbs 29:11 ESV)
Proverbs is a loaded book, amiright? Especially on the days when the reading schedule has called for two chapters instead of one, my goal has been to get something out of some of it rather than even attempting to understand it all. It's just too rich. I don't have enough brain power, concentration, or time.
What helps me, and what I'm hoping will help you too, is to pare things down to a simpler form, something chewable and carry-able that can impact my day more than simply ticking a box to show I've read a chapter or two from a book.
So here's my carry-away: if becoming wise has mainly to do with what I do with my ears (see last week's post—"Find Your Piece"), being wise has mainly to do with my mouth.
"The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence." (10:11)
"Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin." (13:3)
"The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things." (15:28)
It's easy to overcomplicate things. It's easy to think of WISDOM as this ethereal knowledge and/or way of acting that's beyond us, above us, belonging only to those who spend a great deal of time reading about it and understanding its various layers and implications.
Wisdom isn't a mountain you can't climb. Wisdom is yours whether you understand a piece of it after one day of reading, or how multiple pieces fit together after years and years of deep, intense study. Wisdom, first and foremost, is about fearing the Lord (1:7), and then, it's about thinking before you speak.
A simple, doable practice we need not be scholars to understand.