Daily D – Proverbs 16:21
The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant words are persuasive. PROVERBS 16:21 (NLT)
I double-dog dare you to name a major politician who is both wise and pleasant.
That was way too easy. Choose another profession, any profession. Consider any walk of life. How many people do you know who are both wise and pleasant? However many names you come up with, there are altogether too few. Am I right?
How does a person become both wise and pleasant? The verse before this one tells us: “Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the LORD will be joyful.” There are two lessons for us in these few words:
- Listen and learn
- Trust God
The more time we spend with wise men and women, the wiser we become. The more time we spend with our Father in heaven, the more joyful we become.
To become known for understanding and to become persuasive, I need more time with God and godly people. I need to listen more than I talk. I need to trust God at all times.
Easy Peasy. The formula is easy. The execution is always a little trickier. My starting place for this day is to spend more time with wise people in real life and in the pages of trustworthy books. I will take time every day to read the Bible, ponder its meaning, apply its truth, and turn its words of truth and life into personal prayers.
I will take steps toward becoming both wise and pleasant.
Our Father, the people who get the most attention today are those who speak the snarkiest expressions in the pithiest sound bites. They instantly irritate half the people or more who hear them. I do not want to live like that. I want to listen to wise guides. I want to spend time with you. I want to gain knowledge and joy. I want to become wise and pleasant. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.