I am seeking wisdom.
Desperately, earnestly, constantly seeking.
Maybe it’s because this post-grad unemployed life is tumultuous, or maybe it’s because I’m getting older and realizing how very little I actually know.
Some seek wisdom by consulting mystics or fortune tellers or the stars, but I have sought words.
The words of experts.
The words of an ancient book titled, simply and aptly, “Proverbs.”
The Word Himself.
I’ve also been focusing on my words lately. Not necessarily cleaning up my language (although that’s something I reckon needs a bit of work), but more so changing what I say, so that my speech is a reflection of the joy, hope, and truth of Christ. It seems more than a happy coincidence that much of what I have found in my study of Proverbs relates to exactly this. This section of my Bible is a rainbow of highlights and ink-smears and tear-stains, a testament to the journey my Jesus has taken me on over the years.
Today? Well, I’d just like to share a few of His words with yall. These verses have challenged and inspired me, and I hope yall take them to heart.
[I included each verse first in the King James Version- because I find there is something beautiful and special about the language in that translation- and then in the Living Bible translation, the language/phrasing of which makes some passages clearer and more accessible.]
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
“Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts.”
“There is that speaketh like the piercings of the sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.”
“Some people like to make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise sooth and heal.”
“Heaviness in the heart of a man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.”
“Anxious hearts are very heavy, but a word of encouragement does wonders!”
“The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.”
“The advice of a wise man refreshes like water from a mountain spring. Those accepting it become aware of the pitfalls ahead.”
“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words cause quarrels.”
“A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.”
“Gentle words cause life and health; griping brings discouragement.”
“The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.”
“A good man thinks before he speaks; the evil man pours out his evil words without a thought.”
“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine…”
“A cheerful heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit makes one sick.”
Our words have power. Speak wisely. Speak life.
“I love those who love me,
and those who seek me find me…
Those who find me find life,
and the LORD will be pleased with them.”
Proverbs 8:17, 35