"The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom," says Solomon. Words that remind us that wisdom is a course of action, a way of life, that we need to choose daily. It involves listening to others, following the commandments written down in Scripture (which for Solomon would have included all the laws in Leviticus but which, for us, direct us to the words of Jesus), thinking before we speak or act, and remembering we don't have all the answers. Think about how our world would be different if more people followed the Way of Wisdom.
Those who are hot-tempered stir up strife, but those who are slow to anger calm contention. The way of the lazy is overgrown with thorns, but the path of the upright is a level highway. Folly is a joy to one who has no sense, but a person of understanding walks straight ahead. Without counsel, plans go wrong, but with many advisers they succeed. For the wise the path of life leads upward, in order to avoid Sheol below. Evil plans are an abomination to the Lord, but gracious words are pure. The mind of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil. The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous. The ear that heeds wholesome admonition will lodge among the wise. Those who ignore instruction despise themselves, but those who heed admonition gain understanding. The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility goes before honor. (Prov. 15:18-33)
The verse that jumped out to me today begins, "The mind of the righteous ponders how to answer...." It's a reminder to think before speaking. I can think of occasions in my life when that simple admonition could've been of great help to me if only I'd thought of it sooner!
Meditation: What verse were you drawn to today? How can you put it to use in your life?