Some People Talk to Much
Let me suggest that the next time you look in a mirror you take a second look. There is an ancient proverb which says, “God has given us two eyes that we might see much, and two ears that we may hear much; but He has given us but one tongue and that is fenced in with teeth to remind us that as we see and hear much, we should speak but little.” Just think about that as you stand there and look at yourself.
I do not know the origin of that proverb, but the truth found within it is verified by the words of Solomon, the wisest king. We would all be better people if we take time to meditate on the following proverbs given to us by our Creator.
Solomon said, “In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise” (Prov. 10:19). Do you want to be wise in the eyes of God? Then do not live by a human philosophy that says, “I have a right to say anything in any place at any time I want to.” Read the proverb again. Does it not indicate that the more you talk, the more likely you are to sin.
Listen to Solomon again. “He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction” (Prov. 13:3). Think of how often relationships, especially in marriage, are damaged because of the failure to guard what we say. Once those bitter words leave our lips they can never be recalled. Read the proverb again and notice the words chosen by God are not “may have,” but “shall have.” Think about this, and be wise.
Engrave these words of Solomon on your heart: “Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; when he shuts his lips, he is considered wise” (Prov. 17:28). It is likely that there is wisdom which we often speak, but it is not seen for it is covered up by all the other verbiage which accompanies it. Just remember that the most foolish person can be considered to be a wise one, as long as he keeps quiet. Sometimes it is better to be viewed as a fool than to open our mouths and confirm it.
Finally, add these words of wisdom. “Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool that for him” (Prov. 29:20). We look at fools and consider them hopeless, but there is someone who is even worse than a fool—”…he who is hasty in his words.” These words are not just a philosophical idea a scholar wrote. They are the words of heaven. If you’ve ever thought that you probably talk too much, you probably do! Every good relationship, even marriage, demands communication, but too often relationships are ruined by the abundance of words.
So take a look at the mirror of His word and change the reflection you see in that mirror.