When I think about wisdom I am inclined to meditate on the word of God. Not only that, I think about the mystery of the owl. Think about it, an owl sitting in a tree sees everything that is going on around him. The more he sees, the less he speaks. The less he speaks, the more he hears. Why can’t we all be like this wise old owl?
Believe it or not, there is a connection between wisdom and limiting the words we speak, or even what we say. Proverbs 10:19 says; “In a multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.”
Therefore, we are to be wise about what we say or how much we say in given situations. We should be encouraged to guard our words when we become angry. This will prevent unnecessary apologies in the long run. James urged his fellow believers, “Be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath”. James 1:19. Restraining our words is also a wonderful reverence to our great and mighty God.
You may be familiar with the words of Solomon who said, “God is in heaven, and you on this earth; therefore let your words be few. Eccl. 5:2. While Job illustrates how silence is effective in certain situations like grieving. When others are grieving, our silent presence may help more than abundant expressions of sympathy: “No one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his grief was very great”. Job 2:13.
Although there is a time to be quiet and a time to speak, Eccl. 3:7, choosing to speak less allows us to hear more. Lord please grant us the wisdom to know when to speak and when to listen, help us encourage others and to care for them as You have cared for us.