1Samuel 11:3 “And the elders of Jabesh said unto him, Give us seven days’ respite that we may send messengers unto all the coasts of Israel: and then, if there be no man to save us, we will come out to thee.”

One thing the elders of Jabeshgilead did right was asking for time. They reasoned that they needed time to think the offer through, Hear this:

Ecclesiastes 5:2 “Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.”

Ecclesiastes 5:2 “Don’t talk before you think or make promises to God without thinking them through. God is in heaven, and you are on earth, so don’t talk too much.” (CEV)

Friend, one virtue you should develop is the ability to stay calm in the face of danger. The grace to think under pressure. You must never be rash with your mouth.

You might not have seven days to come up with an answer but you must have the inner calmness to quickly weigh your options before speaking.

Many people have been quick to speak, only to later regret it. One of the key characteristics of a wise person is the ability to think through a given problem/offer. When offers are thrown at you, you must know that the person making the offer already has an end in mind.

So, you must be able to preempt his end game and carefully answer in such a way as not to ensnare yourself. One of the ways to do that is by asking yourself questions such as; Why is he making this offer? What does he have in mind? What does he stand to gain? What is his track record? Who exactly is this fellow? Who are his allies? What is God saying concerning it?

If you’re working in a company for example, earning one thousand five hundred dollars a month and somebody just came to offer you three times that amount for you to come work for him, don’t jump at it!

To be continued…

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