Habits of the WISE 1
We are by God’s making, creatures of habits. There are certain things we do regularly; things we have accustomed ourselves to almost unconsciously. Some of them are good while a whole lot of them are not. Someone said we form our habits and our habits in turn form us. They may look very simple and insignificant but they determine to a large extent the outcomes of our lives. In this series therefore, let’s consider a few habits capable of imparting wisdom. Our major reference of course will be from the book of proverbs.
Habit No.1 – RELATIVE SILENCE. Proverbs 17:28 reads “Even a fool when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding” in other words, there is wisdom in silence. If you know anyone who you can adjudge wise then you would notice he is a man of few words. Wise men talk only when they have to. That makes their words scarce and important. The scriptures admonish us “be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter anything before God: for God is in heaven and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few”- Ecclesiastes 5:2. Wise men are usually the last to talk in any gathering having heard others out.
The ability to refrain from talking except when compulsory is one that we must inculcate to be wise. There is the saying that “words are eggs. Once you break them, you can’t gather them back” so the next time you choose to talk make sure you won’t need those eggs again. Even when under intense pressure, be sure to say only what you have to say. Take a cue from Job, the scriptures tell us “…in all this did not Job sin with his lips”-Job 2:10. Words are more important than we can ever understand; your words either make you or mar you. Little wonder why James says be slow to speak and quick to listen- James 1:19.
Have you ever asked why God gave us two ears but just one mouth? Have you ever wondered why your ears have no gate but your mouth does? If you don’t know please know today that God wants you to hear twice as much as you speak, he wants you to listen always but control the words that go out of your mouth. Why? “in the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise”- Proverbs 10:19.
President, The Teacher Ministries
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