Proverbs 15: 2 – 3 (HCSB) The tongue of the wise makes knowledge attractive, but the mouth of fools blurts out foolishness. The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, observing the wicked and the good.
In Proverbs 15, Solomon shows us what happens when we choose to live and speak wisely. In verse 2 he says “the tongue of the wise makes knowledge attractive , but the mouth of fools blurt out foolishness.” Where does knowledge come from anyway? As I thought about this, I turned back just a few pages to Proverbs 1:7 (NCV) and began to read “Knowledge begins with respect for (or fear of) the Lord.”
When I begin to know Christ more through careful study of His word and choose to live a fully devoted Christ centered life, my respect for (or fear of) the Lord grows. I understand His word and can be confident in the truth that His ways are so much higher than mine. It is through His word that He gives us everything we need to grow in wisdom and knowledge. In this truth, I begin to find comfort.
Truth: I will draw closer to God by staying connected to His word.
In verse 3, I also see that the Lord’s eyes see everything. [verse 3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch upon the evil and the good. AMP] As I reread verse 3, my mind went back to the parable of the ten bridesmaids (Matthew 25:1 – 13). This parable talks practically about what will happen when Jesus returns. Some people will be ready and watching, while others will be off doing their own thing. Proverbs 15:3 reiterated a truth about this parable and brought me to the question “If Jesus were to come back right now would I be involved with something or engaged in an activity that brings honor and glory to His name?” I would sincerely hope that in whatever I do or say, I would bring honor and glory to God.
As I continued reading through Proverbs 15, I began to read it as though I were asking myself a series of questions.
- Do I produce good fruit? Am I living a fruitful life?
- Am I lifting people up with healing words or do my words bring a crushing blow to their spirit?
- Do I use my words to spread the knowledge of the saving grace of Jesus Christ?
- Are my thoughts being taken captive and made obedient to Christ? Do I respect the Lord and follow His commands?
- Am I controlling my temper? (yikes!)
- Do I seek Godly counsel when making decisions? Do I listen to correction and accept it by applying to my life?
- Am I humble?
As you read through Proverbs 15 today, I encourage you to ask yourself the questions this chapter raises. Open your heart to the Holy Spirit. Listen for His quiet voice to reveal changes that need to be made in your life.
Related scripture: Proverbs 10:20, 31; Proverbs 12:18; Proverbs 18:21; Matthew 7:17; Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 1:31; 2 Corinthians 10:5; Hebrews 4:12; James 4:6