Do you talk too much?
Proverbs 10:8. The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin.
Are you a babbler? A babbler is someone who talks all the time and usually about things that aren’t helpful. Or even worse, the babbler talks when they should be listening.
One of the big themes in the Proverbs is that you can tell a fool by what they say. The wise person knows when to stop talking and start listening. But the fool just can’t be quiet long enough to hear what they need to hear. This is a sign of pride and shows that we only want to hear ourselves and not others.
Solomon warns that the babbling fool will come to ruin. The babbler will begin to destroy their own life by talking too much. If you don’t listen you don’t learn, and if you don’t learn your life will get harder and harder as you grow up. The opposite of the babbler is the wise heart who receives commands. Unlike the babbler, this person wants to be taught the right ways, God’s ways.
In the New Testament, James says something similar to Solomon:
James 1:19. Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;
Only with Jesus is this truly possible. Why? Because with Jesus we don’t have to make ourselves feel good or look smart by talking all the time. Jesus is who tells us how awesome we are, not others. So we don’t have to show off and babble on and on anymore. We can humbly listen and learn, and be wise like Christ.
Because of Jesus we don’t have to be proud and talk all the time to show off.
With Jesus we can be quick to hear and slow to speak.
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Make James 1:19 a memory verse. Write it out and post it where you can see it every day.
Jesus, you think I’m awesome so I don’t have to show off by talking all the time. Help me to listen and learn from others like you did. Amen.
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