Your Morning Coffee 09/28/2022
Welcome to your morning coffee! May our Heavenly Father give us a special measure of his grace today by giving us a greater sensitivity to his voice. Speak to us today Father, as you do every day. But still and quiet our hearts, that we might be ready to hear and obey you. Help us to set aside our prideful desire to be seen as wise and clever. Instead let us make use of your gentle encouragement to rest our foolishness in silence. Father, in the name of your son Jesus, by the Spirit, help us to speak and not speak in ways that please you.
Your Morning Song: "Jericho" by Andrew Ripp
Your Morning Scripture: Proverbs 17:28
Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent,
and discerning if they hold their tongues.
How much do we love the sound of our own voice?
Mine scares me sometimes. Because I know that with my responsibilities, I am called to speak quite a bit. And I want to speak wisely, in a helpful way, pleasing to God. But there is also a hunger in me that I don't like. I want others to think I'm clever. I want others to be impressed. And if I give in to that desire, if I give myself over to my speaking itself to become the end goal of my speaking, then I am well and truly a fool.
This verse from Proverbs has caused many people to think me wise. I'm not afraid that I might be a fool. I most certainly often am one. But do I resist my foolishness and show discernment in disciplining myself against my own pride? Or do I embrace my foolishness and chase empty vanity with empty words?
Do we give much thought to what we are saying to others and why? Is it to be wise in God's eyes? Or our own?
We shouldn't get caught in the trap of over-thinking this. For many of us we often leave conversations with others not proud, but instead regretting most of what we said. This is just insecurity, pride's equally ungodly sibling.
We are children of God. We should speak in ways that are wise in God's eyes and fight the temptation to use our words as an end to themselves. Empty words for empty vanity.
And like Jesus our silence and our speaking should be founded and grounded in the will of our Father in Heaven. All else is just an empty wind.