“He who restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.”Proverbs 17:27 NASB
Proverbs provides practical guidelines to test our true character by examining our words and actions and by evaluating how we react to situations we face.
We tend to trust in ourselves and take on every burden we face. We can feel we must fight every battle and win every argument. The problem is that this approach forces us to depend on ourselves and forget that God is with us. He is ready to help us and provide everything we need.
The Bible says that those who restrain their words have real knowledge. They are not rash to speak or act. They trust in God, depending on Him. These people have a “cool spirit.” Trusting in God, they can be calm in all circumstances. They never need to panic, be afraid, or make rash statements.
They have a real understanding. They know that God sees every situation and are confident that He is with them. They are sensitive to His Spirit and listen for His leading. They trust Him and have the patience to wait on Him.
Commit every situation you face to God. Trust the outcome to Him. Let Him take away your fears and give you the right words to say and the right perspective. Stand on His Word. Seek to be filled anew with His Spirit. Ask Him for discernment to calm your heart and mind. Be confident that He will guide and help you.
Father, help me to be calm and have a cool spirit. Take away my burdens. Fill me anew with Your Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.