The Need to Be Smart

Michael Beck

“Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.” (Proverbs 29:20) “Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.” (Proverbs 26:12)

It takes time to form a correct judgment on something. How many people give a five-star review on something they just bought only to come back later and give it one-star? God calls us to be slow to speak and swift to hear. Not only are we to carefully gather all the facts on a matter, but often only time will tell whether something was right or wrong.

High-minded people want to be “out in front” of the pack with their superior knowledge. They want to be the first to see and report something. They want to be able to say, “You see, I told you so!” But what happens more often than not is their opinions are proved to be worth less than two cents.

Avoid the need to be smart. To be “wise in our own conceits” and “hasty in our words” is not a pathway towards gravity. We will lose the very thing we want when our words prove false. People will end up having more hope of getting correct information from a simpleton than from us.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.