Thought for the Day
Verse 28 – A man that listens to the wisdom of God attentively will endure, since God’s Word is the final authority. False witnesses lie under oath and are punished when found out. A man who listens attentively to God’s Word understands and obeys it and will not lie. An honest man respects others enough to pay attention to what they say and so can accurately relate what he hears. His testimony is dependable and stands up in court.
Since the book of Proverbs is about wisdom, one of the main things it stresses is to give thought to what we speak and what we listen to. Most of us have probably seen the portrayal of three monkeys, each with its hands over a different part of its head. One has his hands over his ears, another covers his eyes, while the last one covers his mouth. The caption beneath the picture says, “Hear No Evil, See No Evil, and Speak No Evil.” This little analogy is actually proclaiming Biblical advice. If we practiced this admonishment, it would keep us out of a lot of trouble. Honesty is a virtue that we all should walk in. “Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have” (Luke 8:18).
Verse 29 – The wicked man has hardened himself against his conscience and trained himself to remain expressionless when doing evil. His frozen face betrays no twinge of guilt. A righteous man, on the other hand, directs his way by heeding God’s Word. He has nothing to hide and his face reflects that. Years ago, I heard an interview with an old-time political figure. The reporter commented on his good memory and asked him how he was able to remember the promises he had made, and to whom he had made them, without contradicting himself concerning what he had told different people. He replied, “That’s easy! When you tell the truth, you never have to remember any lies you told, that would require additional lies to cover them.” Walking in truth, and maintaining integrity, should be the goal of every Christian.