Today’s reading is drawn from Proverbs 23:15-16.
In this proverb, God reveals what brings him pleasure: people who live with wise hearts and who speak what is right.
Notice that shrewd minds do not please God. Neither do talents, successful businesses or large ministries. The bottom line is that he delights in people who are wise in heart and have the courage to speak what is right.
Making wise decisions and speaking what is right will not win us any popularity contests. It may even be contested by those closest to us, but we must still take time to consider the situation, ponder it deeply and make decisions that will be the best for all involved.
Courage to stand up for what right sometimes seems in short supply, but it is abundant in those who refuse anything less than God’s best. Here is the prerequisite: a deep desire to do what is best, regardless of the emotional trauma the soul must endure in pressing forward, anticipating push-backs and possible rejections. No one likes it when their faults are exposed or they are called to change. But following God includes handling confrontation and disagreement in a godly manner.
Father, give me the courage to be wise, to be committed to each person’s best in my life, and in return, to feel your pleasure and delight.