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Proverbs 15:23-26

verse 23: “A man has joy in an apt answer, And how delightful is a timely word!”

How delightful is a timely word?

When I was in high school, my best friend was a girl that I met when we were 4 years old. One of the few differences between us was our churches; I was Baptist, and she was Catholic. She invited me to meet her at her church one afternoon for a farewell party for one of their priests, who was leaving to go on an extended mission trip.

I showed up at their fellowship hall; not finding my friend immediately, I walked over to the refreshment area to get something to drink. I poured some yellowish liquid from a dispenser into a cup, and was about to take a sip, when my best friend came up behind me, very quickly, and whispered in my ear, “That’s beer!”. 🙂 Did I mention that I don’t drink alcohol (and was also very naive)? I very slyly put the cup down without drawing attention to myself, and whispered back, “ya’ll got anything I can drink?” She smiled and pointed me to where they were serving other non-alcoholic selections!

I took joy in my friend’s answer, because had I taken a gulp from that cup, you would have witnessed the classic spit-take and spewing of said drink…and that probably wouldn’t have gone over well! 🙂

A humorous story. However, the ability to say the right thing at the right time and “to give a wise, timely reply is highly valued in the Wisdom Books of the Old Testament” –Holman concordance on Proverbs, p. 210. Just remember Who the source of wisdom is today; you might have to be the communication device to deliver the message.

Something to think about.

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