Smart Folks Don’t Talk Much

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!


Proverbs 17:27

The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.


The wise King Solomon made it quite clear that the person in the room with knowledge holds back on using many words. They are even-tempered because they have an understanding of critical matters.


Have you ever heard the line, “He constantly loses his mind in a crisis?” If you have, you know they aren’t saying that the person is mentally ill or needs medication, but rather the person seldom thinks a problem through before speaking. The very next verse in this chapter of Proverbs says that even a fool is thought to be wise if they keep silent. The opposite of the earlier illustration occurs when it is said of a certain person, “She certainly is level-headed.” Or here’s another one, “He keeps his head when the pressure is on.” Once again, both of these statements are made about people who are calm during a disturbance. Years ago, there was a movie called “Being There.” It was about a simple-minded gardener named Chance. He worked in an upscale neighborhood in Washington, D.C. His wealthy, high society employer died, and he was forced to leave the estate. He ran into another wealthy man in the neighborhood while walking to the bus stop with his suitcase, and the neighbor struck up a conversation with the gardener. His limited discussion concerning gardening caused the wealthy neighbor to regard him highly. Because of it, the poor gardener was welcomed into high society parties, while those who invited him there assumed he was brilliant. Why? Because he didn’t say much! If a fool can appear wise by limiting his words, is it any wonder why Solomon said, “Smart Folks Don’t Talk Much.”


Dear Jesus,

Help me keep my mouth shut today and glorify You in all I do. Amen

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