Do you blurt?
TODAY’S PROVERB: A clever person conceals his knowledge, but the heart of a fool blurts out folly. Proverbs 12:23, TLV
I’ve always had difficulty with this proverb. Sigh. Mostly because I’ve struggled with the “blurting” problem. Sometimes it’s unintentional. Really. Those blurting episodes either made me look foolish, or got me into trouble.
King Solomon wrote a beautiful prose that begins with:
For everything there is a season and a time for every activity under heaven:KING SOLOMON, ECCLESIASTES 3:1, TLV
There are seasons when the wisdom or knowledge we share is ripe — ready to be “eaten.” And then there are times when the very same wisdom or knowledge is not quite ripe — it would be inedible.
We’ve all experienced the well-meaning person who shares what they believe is important for us to hear. I think of funerals especially. Their words any other time might be comforting, but at that moment . . . Not so much.
While giving folks grace in these matters is good, it’s more wise for these souls to hide these things in their heart. Pray into them. But wait until the right time to share them. Which, by the way, may be never.
There are times when our Father wants us to speak. We may be a small voice in a loud world, still we need to do it. We never know what fruit will come of it.
May we be wise and speak only when the time is ripe, my friends.