Sunday, January 27, 2013

Scripture Sunday's.. A Proverb

Last night before I went to bed I pulled up my Bible app..

When it opens, it gives the Verse of the Day:

Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.
Proverbs 17:28

All of my life I have struggled with reading the Bible and getting an understanding of what meaning is in scripture. It really is frustrating for me because when I talk to other people they seem to just "get it". 
I want to be one of those people who get it.
One of my friends told me about the Life Application Study Bible
It really is a cool Bible because it takes the scripture, breaks it down, and explains the verses to get a better understanding.

I read the verse again, staring at it with a blank face and fell asleep. 

This morning after getting up and doing the morning routine, let the dogs out, feed them, feed myself, etc., I finished up my Pinterest Party post and tried to finish another one I had started to share more details from the wedding. 

I could not seem to get my thoughts out the way I wanted to...
And then I started hearing a voice that said, "Spend some time with me". 

I really have been praying that I will be more in tune with God and I will have the ears to hear Him. 
So I waited for a little bit and heard Him again.

I put my computer down, got my Bible, and looked up the Proverbs verse.

27He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
28Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
Proverbs 17:27,28

This is what the explanation reads:

The proverb highlights several benefits of keeping quiet. 
1- It is the best policy if you have nothing worthwhile to say;

 2- It allows you the opportunity to listen and learn; and 

3- it gives you something in common with those who are wiser. Make sure to pause to think and to listen so that when you do speak, you will have something important to say.

When I read this, the first thing that popped in my mind was something I know we have all heard in our lifetime:

"If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."

But then I thought to myself, yes, this does give us an opportunity to listen more. 
I have room to improve on listening better. 
One of my faults when having a discussion with someone is wanting to comment in the middle of them explaining something. I feel like I am going to forget their points and by the time they finish I'm not going to remember what I was wanting to say.
It is very frustrating for me but maybe God is showing me that He will put the important words in my mouth and I will learn something in the listening process.

Happy Sunday everyone!


*Butler, Party of 2* said...

Love this post!! Sometimes I have to really quiet my heart and get rid of all distractions so I can focus. I also try to pray before I read....that way I feel like my heart and mind are ready and the Holy Spirit can help me understand what I'm reading.I also really like the Message Bible.

Love that verse too! What a GREAT reminder! I've always heard the book of Proverbs teaches you how to live and the book of Psalms teaches you how to pray. God gave us 2 ears and 1 mouth for a reason....listen more, talk less! :)

xoxo pretty girl!

Niki DCA said...

I need to do more listening as well. Thanks for the reminder.

Have a great week!

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