The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning. Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.
Are you a person who thinks about every word that comes out of your mouth or do you just talk and think later about what you said?
I had a professor in college that, when asked a question, he would take several minutes to think about his words and then proceed to answer the question.
This drove me crazy! Even if he knew the answer right off the top of his head – he still thought about every word he said. His reasoning for choosing his words correctly is that he wanted to make sure the words he used explained the question in the best way possible.
My professor was wiser than I thought!
So what exactly is understanding? Understanding is the ability to comprehend or grasp the true nature of something. It is the correct and proper analysis of a dilemma, event, or situation that sees all the angles and consequences.
God wants us to be people of understanding but true understanding can only come from God. Proverbs 2:6 says:
For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
According to our verse, those who have understanding are like a wellspring or a fountain of life.
Lord, I pray that each and every day we would seek after YOU and your wisdom. I pray that you would show us how to use our speech for good and not to hurt others around us. Keep us in your care and help us to strive to understand you more and more.
February 14th, 2013 at 10:01 pm
I do not think about every single word I say, but I can relate to your professor. There are many people who have gotten upset with me for taking more than two seconds to think about an answer! If I say “Let me think about that for a minute,” some of them got downright irate!
February 15th, 2013 at 12:02 pm
Daniel, this is something that I have to be very careful with! I have the tendency to just start spewing words out of my mouth without putting much thought to them. This is something that I have worked very hard on as I have gotten older.
February 15th, 2013 at 8:08 pm
I have started, stopped, and started again so many times in my life with thinking about what I say. Fortunately, I am only going on 30, so I should still have some time to get it right!