Today's devotion is based on Ecclesiastes 9:17, "The quiet words of a wise person are better than the shouts of a foolish ruler."
Let's consider this verse and those before it in the context of Jesus, a wise man who spoke quietly. What made Jesus' actions and (quiet) words so attractive to many and yet repulsive to others? Jesus did not just accept the status quo! He stood up for and ministered to those considered slow, weak, unable to stand up for themselves, without many skills. Jesus recognized people for who they were and encouraged them to live their life to the fullest. Jesus challenged accepted ways of living. He elevated women to their rightful place. Jesus healed those who others cast aside. He ate with those considered outcasts. He put no store in reputation. He practiced justice and mercy. He loved – quietly and wisely.
When I am tempted to shout at injustices in the world and rail at the foolishness of societal leaders, I try to think of Jesus and follow his example. I often fail at that. It is then that I need to pause and wait for the still, small voice, which speaks quietly and with wisdom, reminding me that I am a child of God.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Jesus, speak quietly into my life so that I will be filled with your wisdom and love. Amen.