Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, March 10th, 2020
Proverbs For Performers: Holding Your Answers
There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword,
But the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Proverbs 12:18 (NASB)
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer,
But the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
Proverbs 15:28 (NASB)
He who gives an answer before he hears,
It is folly and shame to him.
Proverbs 18:13 (NASB)
This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak...
James 1:19 (NASB)
Even when He walked the earth as a Man, Jesus was a powerful Listener. Think of His practice throughout the ages: Father and Son, Receivers of prayers.

In reported Bible conversations, I don't recall Jesus interrupting. Whether He heard worshippers or hecklers, He gave men their say before He answered.

Sometimes, His Answers were strong and direct. Other times, He answered with a Question. Often, His Answers came as surprises, because what man can predict God's brilliance?

Whether He answered quickly or slowly, whether He chose not to answer at all, Jesus was respectful of the speaker. Are we equally respectful today?

Actors, models and talent for Christ: If Proverbs says silence is golden,* then perhaps listening is silver. Because God speaks in a still, small Voice, we must quiet ourselves to hear Him.

Consider all types of media, where performers compete for top spots. Trying to grab another's air time is a common move among actors. Like singers holding onto a note, comedians with an open mic, various experts on network news or candidates screaming in debate.

Sadly, I'm guilty of preemption, where I interrupt people speaking--as if I can say their words better, as if my thoughts are more important.

But like a buzzer on a game show, I hit the answer prematurely. This foolish and pretentious mouth-off is not at all like our Example.

I pray we listen courteously. If so, we're wise. If not, let's repent. I'll meet you in the closed mouth corner.

## Proverbs For Performers: Holding Your Answers (Part 70)

* Previous Devotion in this Proverbs series, Silence Is Golden:

NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2016 devotion series, 'Proverbs For Performers.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs For Performers series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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