Check out Proverbs 18:13
- If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.
- It’s stupid and embarrassing to give an answer before you listen.
- Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish
- Answering before listening is both stupid and rude.
I read this Proverb a couple of weeks back and shared it with Harrison (6) over breakfast. Harrison’s response? “There are people like that in my class. They have their hands up before the teacher even asks the question!” (spoken with more than a hint of ‘how foolish is that’)
I have to hold my hands up and say “Yep that’s me” , I speak before listening. It is my foolishness and shame to have answers for people long before I listen to them. Harrison’s words made me think though. There are sometimes when we really should have our hands up, but they remain at our side.
- In confession – ‘Yep that was me’
- In worship – You alone are worthy O Lord
- In response – Here I am, send me
- In celebration – Think of when your team scored that last-minute goal
Sing, Daughter Zion; shout aloud, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy. The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you;never again will you fear any harm. On that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Do not fear, Zion; do not let your hands hang limp. The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. Zephaniah 3: 14-17