24TH NOVEMBER 2021
MEMORIAL OF SAINT ANDREW DŬNG‐LĄC, PRIEST, AND COMPANIONS, MARTYRS
Dan 5: 1‐6, 13‐14, 16‐17, 23‐28; Dan 3: 62‐66; Lk 21: 12‐19
MOUTH OF WISDOM!
Luke 21:15 “For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist”.
What a wonderful promise given by God! God promises you a mouth of wisdom! The moment you walk into the interviewer’s cabin, God can give you a ‘mouth of wisdom’, not the gift of the gab which the world is boasting about. When you truthfully answer your interviewer and hand him over a resume which contains the truth and no false reports regarding your experience and educational qualifications, be sure to be blessed. Let even the reference addresses and residence address be nothing but the truth.
Check out the above scripture again, God says He will put words of wisdom in your mouth that even your friends and colleagues would be awed. This is not because of your post graduation, but it is supernaturally given by God to His children. No International Institution can give you this, it comes from Heaven. I’m excited!
I like the way Joseph answers the pagan monarch Pharaoh right after changing his prison clothes, Genesis 41:16 says “So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, "It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace." My, what confidence!
Friend, this is nothing but confidence in God! His everyday fellowship with God, integrity and holiness in his life has been the reason for this reward in the life of Joseph. It was no small price that Joseph paid to arrive at this divine stage of speaking words of wisdom to the king. God had to take Joseph through severe pain and humiliation to mould him to this shape. This was the same Joseph who bragged about his dream to his brothers. He was not able to keep the dream within himself which was meant only for him. Some dreams and revelations are meant just for you! Did you get that? Friend, God cannot continue to speak to people with a jabber mouth.
Joseph went through a ‘silent period’ of 13 years inside the prison to learn to control his mouth. Some make a big noise with just a small revelation from God, no wonder these people vanish like morning dew. Learn to clamp your mouth and stay silent. The Scripture tells us that when Mary heard the prophetic message about Jesus, “she kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19) Sometimes, we need to be discrete, so as not to expose our secrets to the enemy the devil. Did you get that?
Right from Twitter, Face Book and all other social networks, are nothing but exchange of unnecessary arguments and bragging of self. A sheer waste of precious time. Young people, watch what you post on your blog! A Christian husband posts about the misbehaviour of his wife on his face book, aren’t we getting crazy? The Scriptures clearly warns us: Proverbs 10:19 “In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.” Friend, it is easy to be a blabbermouth and impulsively pour out everything you think of, but it sure needs strength, character, discipline and selfcontrol to refrain from speaking needlessly.
Four truths about mouth of wisdom
1. Words of wisdom are the source of righteousness.
Wisdom is the seed from which righteousness is born (cf. Prov. 11:18), and thus wise words are more than righteous words, they are the source and supply of righteousness. Moreover, unrighteousness is one of, if not, the greatest hindrance to wisdom, which in turn unlocks a world of blessing.
2. Good kings’ rule by wisdom.
Speaking to kings about their rule, Lady Wisdom states, “By me kings reign, and rulers decree what is just; by me princes’ rule, and nobles, all who govern justly” (Prov 8: 15–16). In other words, wise kings are righteous kings; foolish kings who forsake the wisdom of the law, are wicked kings. And the result is that the peace and justice of a kingdom or government will depend upon the wisdom and righteousness of her ruler(s).
3. Honour and inheritance depend on wisdom and righteousness.
In Proverbs 8, we also learn how the blessings of the covenant are contingent upon wisdom and righteousness. As outlined in Exodus–Deuteronomy, God called his redeemed people to walk in his ways in order to receive the blessings of his covenant. In the Proverbs, we see how honour, glory, wealth, and prosperity are contingent on righteousness and wisdom.
4. Wisdom is a moving path, not a static title.
We learn from Proverbs 8:20 that wisdom walks in the way of righteousness and justice. Or to say it differently, God’s wisdom teaches us how‐to walk‐in righteousness. As we’ve seen, righteousness is impossible without wisdom. And God’s reward only comes to those who are righteous.