Proverbs 29: King James Bible
Wisdom Waits – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty nine, Verse 11
11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Wisdom Waits
It’s much easier to be the fool above than it is to be the wise man, isn’t it? Especially if we think we’re in the right. Wisdom waits, but how often do we participate in waiting?
We get that urge to feel like we need to shut someone down in order to be heard properly. The fool’s position is two fold. Shut the other party up so that they don’t have to listen to the garbage coming from any opposition, then after they’re silenced, they get to hear a brilliant retort to their blabbering.
It rarely ever seems to work that way though does it? Anybody ever taken part in such an exchange? Generally it’s called an argument. Above the Lord shows us the way a fool would behave, versus the behavior of the wise.
Wisdom waits to be heard, and as we know, the Lord would not have us play the fool, but would rather us be wise in all that we do. Here, we’re given a demonstration as to how to contend with a fool.
That said, it doesn’t mean that it will work out well in the end. A fool needs a spiritual kick in the pants to hear wisdom of any kind that is from above, without it being skewed by the time it reaches their heart.
Wisdom waits until a fool is finished with their carrying on, but the problem is, it may not happen! That’s one of the reasons that we’re advised to not contend with a fool, as they will only rage and laugh, and there will be no peace.
But that is advice about what we have control over. It isn’t always in our control to avoid these kinds of situations.
Praise be to the Lord, he gives us a peek into how he treats us, and advises us to do the same when faced in a situation like this. What do I mean by that?
Well, think about our prayer lives. How often are we interrupted by the Lord? How often can we accuse the Holy Ghost of shouting us down when we’re complaining the Lord’s ears off?
When you think about all of the nonsensical things that we’re capable of bringing to the Father depending on what mood we’re in, it isn’t long before we become like the fool in the verse above. And yet his patience is unyielding at our foolishness, as we would be with little children complaining about things that seem so dire to them at the time, but parents know they’ll forget about in ten minutes.
Wisdom waits, and responds in a still small voice (most of the time). Some people claim that they never hear back from the Lord when they pray.
Then again, some people never shut up. Perhaps if we just gave him an opportunity to respond after we’re through, and just wait a bit, that would change?
I can’t tell you how many times my prayers are one sided conversations of my own design. Go through an abundance of complaints, grievances, questions, remarks, and pleas, and end up saying amen as if to say, “alright, good talk Lord,” then continue on with my day.
Could it have been possible that the Lord was just waiting to get a word in edgewise, and I shut down communications before he could utter a word? Above it says that the wise man keeps things in till afterward. I believe that if we bump that up to being the Lord, the same rings true.
Wisdom waits for us to finish. I wonder how much wisdom we walk away from, by our lack of patience with the Lord?
Psalm 27: King James Bible
14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
Related New Testament Scripture
Luke 8: King James Bible
15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
Romans 12: King James Bible
10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another; 11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
Romans 15: King James Bible
5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like-minded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
Galatians 5: King James Bible
5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
2 Thessalonians 3: King James Bible
4 And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you. 5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
James 5: King James Bible
7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. 8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
Thank you for your Word, your instruction, and your nourishment we receive through it. We praise you, love you, and want to hear from you. Please forgive us when we’ve not been patient with you touching any matter at all, and help us all to pray unto you in a manner that will stir you into answering us. Teach us all to listen to you in a real an d tangible way, that will enable us all to hear your voice, receive your instruction, and receive your wisdom. Thank you Lord for your intervention in our lives, and for always being there. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
While wisdom waits, do we leave the Lord hanging when we’re done speaking our piece?
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