Daily Bible Inspirations

Keeping Your Foot Out Of Your Mouth

by Darla Noble

Who is like the wise man? And who knows the interpretation of a thing? A man’s wisdom makes his face shine, and the hardness of his face is changed.

Ecclesiastes 8:1

Have you ever been around someone that believes they are an authority on everything? And I do mean everything! “Joe” is one of those people. No matter what you say, he’s either done it, been there and knows all about it, or knows the best way to go about fixing or accomplishing something. And no matter what you’ve accomplished, he’s done it better.

It’s easy for me to get annoyed with “Joe” and it’s easy to justify not wanting to be around him-which is sad because he really is an intelligent man. But he wants to make sure you know just how intelligent he is, so….

“Joe” is intelligent, but he isn’t wise. Intelligence is knowledge of facts. Wisdom knows how to use knowledge in a Christ-like way. Intelligence likes to prove. Wisdom likes to improve.

Don’t settle for intelligence. Be wise instead and let your face and your life be a reflection of God’s grace, power, and holiness.

God, make me wise with Your wisdom and help my life reflect who You are so that others may know You, too. In Your Son’s Name, I pray, Amen.