Proverbs 18: King James Bible
Folly and Shame – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter eighteen, Verse 13
13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Folly and Shame
I have done this, and have been on both ends of this issue too many times to count. Above it says to answer a matter before he hears it. I would like to extend that to read and watch as well. We’ve got many more outlets of communication, or taking in information than they did several thousand years ago.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve received comments via social media about one of these devotional posts, or other pages on the website. Typically in twitter or Google+ is where I get the majority.
It is a blessing to have some interaction going on, and is always appreciated. BUT, there are so many people that look at the picture, and read the title, and assume they’ve got a full understanding of what the post is about.
I don’t know how many times I had to respond asking if they’ve even read the page. It drives me crazy when someone has something to say, without even making sure they know what it really is that they’re commenting on!
Do you know what drives me even more crazy? When I catch myself doing the very same thing! Yes indeed, you hate your own faults that you find in others. I’ve been made the fool by my own actions from jumping the gun, assuming that I’d know what I was talking about, just to have to eat a crow sandwich. Ever had one? They usually don’t taste too good.
Only after years of beating this verse into my head, did I eventually learn to search out a matter before making comment. But there is one place where I’ve always been extra careful, and that’s with anything to do with the Word of God.
If I heard something preached, and disagreed with either the message or the context that a person has placed the piece of scripture in, I’d search it out. Even if my knee jerk reaction was to proclaim what I know, and how they may be wrong, I’d kick that fleshly need to respond to the curb, till I looked into it for myself.
This has saved me from a host of different degrees of aggravation. I’m only relaying these kinds of experiences to all of you, so that you might not find yourself at odds with the Word of God. Just because we may not agree with something that we hear preached, doesn’t mean that we’re right.
The verse above is a great piece of scripture, that is more of a preventative maintenance procedure, than it is any kind of rule. When it comes to pre-judging anything, or jumping to conclusions without all of the facts, the Lord says,”Don’t do that!”
Related New Testament Scripture
John 7: King James Bible
24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
Romans 2: King James Bible
3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?
Romans 14: King James Bible
10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
Romans 14: King James Bible
13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.
1 Corinthians 11: King James Bible
31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
Acts 17: King James Bible
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
2 Timothy 2: King James Bible
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Thank you for your Word, and for all of your counsel. Continue to counsel us Lord, and to stay mindful of your Word, particularly when we are faced with a situation tat you’ve already warned us about. May we always be reminded to answer a matter only after hearing it, instead of making ourselves look like a fool. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Has a rash jump to a decision or judgement caused for you to harbor folly and shame?