31 Days Toward Greater Wisdom - Proverbs 18 - Pause

August 18, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Do you have a tendency to answer before fully listening, interrupt finishing someone else’s thought, or get impatient while listening once you have developed an answer? My mouth has gotten me into so much trouble simply because I didn’t pause to think before I started to speak. The Psalms are filled with pauses called Selah’s. Selah is a Hebrew word that means to pause before proceeding. I wonder what the world would sound like if all of us chose to pause before proceeding to speak. Can you think of a person you can use the Selah technique with? Imagine the wisdom the Holy Spirit would introduce if He had the space to inspire during your pause? James addresses this challenge by encouraging everyone to be slow to speak and slow to become angry (James 1:19). Consider if, when mad, you paused and became slow to speak. How many arguments would lose momentum if the Holy Spirit had space to intervene before you responded in anger? Selah – pause before proceeding.
 

  1. Listen - Proverbs 1
  2. Application - Proverbs 2
  3. Trust - Proverbs 3
  4. Focus - Proverbs 4
  5. Faithful - Proverbs 5
  6. Diligence - Proverbs 6
  7. Aware - Proverbs 7
  8. Decisive - Proverbs 8
  9. Learn - Proverbs 9
  10. Contrast - Proverbs 10
  11. Righteousness - Proverbs 11
  12. Speech - Proverbs 12
  13. Longing - Proverbs 13
  14. Thoughtful - Proverbs 14
  15. Temperament - Proverbs 15
  16. Motivation - Proverbs 16
  17. Pleasant - Proverbs 17
  18. Pause - Proverbs 18

 


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