Today, I am grateful for the wisdom that God gives me on a moment-by-moment basis. Frequently, this involves remaining quiet and attentive to others, when everything inside of me wants to offer my opinion and give advice (confession: I frequently mess up on this one, and share my two cents anyway. Sometimes it’s hard to remain silent and contemplative!).
I like this verse from Psalm 141 because it reminds me to invite God into all of my conversations, and to let Him direct my speech. It also lets me know that my lips need to be guarded – otherwise, if I’m not careful, then the words that I utter can be harmful to those around me (even if I don’t intend them to be).
To me, biblical wisdom means the following:
- Inviting God to guide what I say and think;
- Allowing God to direct me to remain quiet when needed; and
- Focusing on listening and attentiveness more, rather than trying to problem-solve the situation right away.
Here’s my prayer for today: Dear Lord, thank You for this reminder about the importance of wisdom – seeking Your guidance in every situation. Generally speaking, help me to listen more and talk less, as each conversation requires. To borrow the words of the psalmist, take control of what I say, oh Lord, and guard my lips! In Your name I pray, Amen.