The Proverbs Project: Day 17

Karen Cecilia
Whoever restrains his words has knowledge,
and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. Proverbs 17:27

Spoke too soon…

Have you ever had a foot-in-mouth moment when you realized that you spoke too soon? A moment when you misread the tone of an email, only to realize later that you were totally off base? Maybe you caught just a snippet of a conversation someone was having and jumped to some conclusions only to find out later that you completely missed the mark? How about one of those moments in life when it looks like the hits just keep coming and you’re like God, why is this happening to me?! Only to have the Holy Spirit lead you to understand that things aren’t happening to you, but for you and for the benefit of others…Oops. Spoke too soon. 

I think we all go through moments like these. I’ve gone through several this week alone! Moments where I’m tempted to speak quickly–whether it’s slapping a label on a person and/or situation or maybe just being quick to complain. Sometimes in the discomfort of a situation, an offense, a misunderstanding or just a challenging season of change, we can be quick to speak and quick to react. Proverbs 17:27 tells us though, that verbal restraint is a character trait of someone with knowledge and that having a cool spirit is a sign of someone with understanding. Why? Because we don’t always immediately see the full picture of what God is doing or what he can do. The Bible tells us to be listeners (James 1:19), to be slow to speak (James 1:19; Ecc. 5:12) and to seek wisdom (Prov. 4:5). Before anything else we should be quick to listen God’s voice and the wisdom that we should be quick to seek is his. Ecclesiastes 5:2 says:

Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few. 

God is in heaven and we are on earth–the picture this paints for me is that his point of view is far more vast than my limited view. He sees and orchestrates his purpose to the big picture; I only see in part. So I need to seek him for understanding of his bigger picture. We get to ask God to show us what he sees or to get a glimpse of what he’s doing in a circumstance that may seem challenging to us. What I was quick to call a set back is actually just a set up for breakthrough. Spoke too soon. What I see as falling apart is God rebuilding from the foundation up to make things stronger than ever. Spoke too soon. What may seem to be taking forever to happen in your life may just be God getting you to the right place at the right time. Spoke too soon. 

Father, thank you that you always see the big picture. Thank you that you’re patient and kind with us when we don’t! Help us to be slow to speak and to be cool-spirited and wise. Holy Spirit, help us to remember that you always know what’s best and that you don’t leave us through challenging seasons, but instead, you’re working all things together for our good. Jesus, I pray that you help us to see others how you see them and to see situations as you do rather than to speak too soon. In your name, Jesus, amen.


Hi Friends! My name Karen Cecilia and I’m just a girl with a passion for writing, loving people and building the local church. I was born, raised and am currently living in the greatest city: New York (I ❤️ NY!). I blog and am an aspiring author.

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