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Right Answers: Daily Devotionals
“A soft answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.” (Prov. 15:1-2) “A wrathful man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger allays contention.” (Prov. 15:18) “The heart of the righteous studies how to answer, but the mouth of fools pours forth evil.” (15:28)
“Jeopardy”’s lengthy run during decades of weeknights has captivated the attention of millions who have found it truly an intelligent and challenging game show. Under Alex Trebek’s stable leadership, fans have been educated and entertained nightly and his presence will be missed. We watch it very infrequently but when I tuned in a week ago, I was thrilled to find Ken Jennings at the helm.
The obvious challenge of this game involves not only the required IQ and educational prowess and the speed at which the game moves, but also the quirky technique of being given the answer for which the accurate question, stated properly, has to be supplied.
The Bible gives us admonitions on how to respond properly to things that are said or done to us, but instead of informing us what to say, it often tells us how to say it. Many of us have discovered that even when responding with the right words to someone, if our attitude is wrong, if our decibel level is too high, if we respond too quickly or for the wrong motive, we can find ourselves in serious jeopardy!
Here are a few guidelines for this verbal contest.
- Soft answers are often preferred. (Prov. 15:1, 18; 16:32; 19:11; James 1:19-20) Especially when anger is coming at you from someone, lowering your voice in response can quickly disarm your antagonist and lower the blood pressures in the room. Loud, raucous responses just stir up more anger and strife. Soft answers breed a slowness to anger which is often highly beneficial.
- Studied answers are also wise. (Prov. 15:28; I Peter 3:15) Think before you speak. Take your time and consider what is true, right, honest, and helpful. Contemplate what the consequences of your response might be. Even when warned ahead of time, Peter three times blurted out poor and dishonest answers to the strangers trying to discover his identity. (John 18:15-18, 25-27)
- Spiritual answers are treasures of truth and blessing. (Prov. 16:1-3; 3:5-7; Luke 12:11-12; James 1:5-8; Col. 4:5-6) Do not just utter your opinion or express your feelings. How would God answer that question? What would He say about this? Call on the wisdom of God and rehearse what you know from Scripture. Responses from those sources will provide your very best answers. After all, God knows both the questions and the answers to everything!
After spending considerable time in prayer about a mission that God had laid on his heart, Nehemiah then approached the king with a burdened heart and dread upon his face. When the king inquired about his mood and what Nehemiah requested, we read, “So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said to the king….” He quickly breathed a prayer to God (maybe in a buzzer-squeezed moment) before answering the king. And God blessed his mission. (Neh. 1:1-2:10)
For Prayer Today
Read and then pray Psalm 19:14.
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