An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Muse. I Dare You

(Proverbs 15:28 KJV)  The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

Last month we looked at the first part of how we answer.  We speak from the heart.  Second, the “righteous” (6662) “studieth” (ponders NASB) (1897).  This is an interesting word that is defined, “to moan, utter, growl, utter, speak, muse.”  I think the last one is the application for today.  We run things repeatedly through our minds.  This would be a form of Christian meditation.  It is good to think things over instead of giving a quick answer.

I think this may be permission to talk to ourselves.  Maybe you never do this, but I often have conversations with myself about something on my mind.  If I listen to both sides of the discussion I benefit because I can hear my own mistakes and inconsistency. 

So?  Take your time before you take a stand or make a statement.  Study on it.  Muse on it.  Talk to yourself about it.  Then, and only then, speak boldly. 


Gorges Smythe said...

I think I remember an old saying that went "Speak in haste, regret at leisure."

Pumice said...

Solomon was probably quoting the same guy. I think the key to sayings that stick with of is the creative way they are said not necessarily the actual thought.

Grace and peace.