Daily D – Proverbs 17:27-28
The one who has knowledge restrains his words, and one who keeps a cool head is a person of understanding. Even a fool is considered wise when he keeps silent — discerning, when he seals his lips.
PROVERBS 17:27-28 (CSB)
The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint,
and whoever has understanding is even-tempered. (NIV)
A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered. (NLT)
The one who knows much says little; an understanding person remains calm.(MSG)
Most of the time, the less said, the better.
There have been times when I wish I had said more. There have been many more times when I wish I would have said less.
A pharmacist who did not attend the church where I was pastor told me something important. He said, “Preacher, there is no such thing as a bad twelve-minute sermon.”
Restraint is good. Restraint is wise.
A coworker and I are leading training today. We have a lot of information to cover. Any part of what we are covering could expend into a full day’s worth of training. However, we only have today. We must focus on what is most important in the time we have. Additional coaching conversations at later times can be offered to those who would like more information.
I will keep calm and use words with restraint.
Our Father, empower me to say enough and restrain me from saying too much. 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.