One of the things that stand out in the Proverbs is how many of the Proverbs deal with our speech. We are not surprised to hear counsel against lying. Lying, after all, is one of the Ten Commandments. There are other Proverbs that deal with our speech. A Proverb about the tongue that catches my eye in today’s reading is 12:18, “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Back in Proverbs 10:19, we read, “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.” In Psalm 141:3, we read this prayer, “Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.”
To be sure, there is a time to speak. Sometimes we are silent when we should speak a word of truth. However, more times than not, we are probably more guilty of speaking when we ought to be silent. I have been the mediator of many an argument that could have been avoided if the parties involved would have just simply kept their mouths closed.
Let us all make our prayer today and every day that we would be wise enough to speak up when it is time to speak, but wise enough to remain silent when we have no business speaking.
Devotional by Steve Horn. Scripture links by www.biblegateway.com.