THE STORY OF JESUS: Proverbs 25-26
“Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him.
Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.” (Proverbs 26:4-5)
So what is the right answer, should we answer a fool according to their folly?
These verses show how being wise is different from being right.
The answer can be both, and it takes wisdom to know which way to respond.
Too often we focus ourselves on being right, but are we always wise?
The bible is a book with amazing truth, but we still need wisdom to apply it.
There are times when it is wise to speak, and times when it is best to be silent.
God does not spell out every right response for every situation we face.
Saying what we feel in the moment is not wise, we need to think it through.
The wise response will often feel hard, contrary to our natural gut response.
Which is why we need to process what we say and do carefully, and prayerfully.
All our words and actions have consequences, and wisdom thinks them through.
Jesus will talk things through with us, to help us discern what is best.
The wisest thing we can do is pause and pray before we speak!
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, help me to be wise in the challenges and opportunities I face. Help me to include You in discerning the wisest response.