Pr. 14:33: “Wisdom rests in the heart of him who has understanding, but what is in the heart of fools is made known.”
When we have true wisdom, we do not need to parade it around, shout it from the rooftops, and make sure that everyone with whom we come into contact knows all about it. True wisdom rests. True wisdom is stored up in the soul waiting for the appropriate moment to arise. When most needed, wisdom will pour forth from the heart of the one storing it up.
Not everyone needs to hear our “wisdom.” Fools blurt out anything they know at any moment to any person. Discretion and discernment are far from the heart of fools.
When I was young, I knew a girl who was one of the meanest people I have ever met. I remember a moment when she was upset and crying and telling me over and over, “I am a nice person.” I had heard her say that before, and as I sat there, just listening, all I could think was, “I think if you’re really a nice person you don’t have to tell people it is so. They would just know.”
I think this verse describes wisdom the same way. If we truly have wisdom, we don’t have to say so or make sure everyone knows about all the wisdom we think we have. It will seep out calmly and naturally in conversation…or it won’t, it will come out in the exact moment when it’s needed, or it may surprise you.
1 Cor. 2 talks about a hidden wisdom that lies inside those who are led by the Holy Spirit. He reveals to us the things of God. We do not think them up on our own…in our own amazing wisdom. In fact, it reminds us that to those without the Holy Spirit, the things of God seem like foolishness.
Let’s spend a season storing up wisdom in our hearts and let our mouths rest a bit. The Holy Spirit will speak to you when you are in the Word and in prayer and reveal to you the things of God. He will store up those things He reveals in your heart, if you allow it. When the appropriate moment comes along, He will let you know to speak. Instead of spouting off everything you know, wisdom will pour from your lips and will be the soothing balm or the exact word someone was needing.