Have I not written for you thirty sayings of counsel and knowledge, to make you know what is right and true, that you may give a true answer to those who sent you? – Proverbs 22:20-21
“I just didn’t know what to say!”
Saying the right thing, at the right time, is something some folks are better at than the rest of us. Whether it’s at a funeral, emergency hospital situation or other times of bad news, we often find ourselves in that awkward position where we don’t know what to say.
There is also the challenge of answering someone’s spiritual question.
Here, Proverbs is giving us some simple preparatory steps. Some versions say these are “excellent” sayings of counsel and knowledge. I like the idea that God has provided answers for us. But usually the answers aren’t a list of “how to’s.” Further, the answers most often don’t address our “why’s,” but the answers He provides does address with our relationship with Him.
His Word stands alone as the source of truth.
That statement causes some to become defensive and they will make arguments about the Bible not being a text book. I for one, am very glad the Bible isn’t a text book. Those are changed so quickly and what was truth one day is replaced with another “truth” later. His Word, however, is the lens we need to look through to view the world in which we live. Our worldview needs to be defined and filtered through His Word.
How do we answer suffering, disappointment, hurt, sin and death in our world? How does one understand what true joy is? If one doesn’t approach those questions from a foundational standpoint of His Word, we really don’t have much in the way of solid answers. We may come up with opinions, but that’s all they really are – opinions.
How do we know what is right and true? Do we check someone’s opinion or do we refer to His Word?
Opinions change over time. Scientific theory constantly changes. Even what is considered “moral” by social cultures will change over the years, but is there something solid we can base our morals standards? Yes there is….. His Word.
His Word must be our source for life’s questions. His Word must define our morals. His Word will give us our moral compass. Not popular opinion, latest fades or cultural norms. His Word is the source of what is right and true. His Word is the answer that will never change!