Proverbs 12:23 “A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims folly.”
Even as a Christian, I have showed myself to be a fool more times than I care to recount. I have a tendency to proclaim the new things that I learn about instead of concealing them. This text reminds me that a prudent man conceals his knowledge, and the fool is the one who flaunts what he knows.
When I was a couple years old in my faith, a person dear and close to me called to have a discussion. She prefaced her comments to me by saying that she did not want me to comment about what she was about to say, but simply wanted me to listen to her share what she had heard on the television. I think the phrase this person had just heard was “intelligent design.” Whatever the exact term was, the concept was that God used evolution in his design of the universe. The concept was a way that both the evolutionary scientist and the bible believer could coexist in their beliefs. When she called, she was excited to share this new concept with me.
When she finished her explanation, I backed up my dump truck of knowledge and poured out to her all the ways in which the concept she just shared was wrong. She listened quietly as I strait up defied her request of me to remain silent. To my shame, I was shown as the fool in that conversation. I was far from a prudent man and brought disgrace upon both my character and the name of Jesus. The Lord convicted me a few days later of my sin, and I had to call and ask forgiveness from this individual.
A prudent man conceals what he knows. May the Lord grant you and me the grace of prudency.
2 comments on “The Grace Of Prudency”
You know, this is something I haven’t really thought about before. I think when I read this verse in the past, it hasn’t made sense. Why would you hide your knowledge? But the key is not that we tell everyone all that we’ve learned, but that we live it out. This was really timely for me!
Kïrsten M Christianson Sent from my iPhone
O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. (Psalm 130:7)
Thanks Kirsten. It was timely for me as well.