One of my mother’s favorite sayings was “A word to the wise is sufficient.” Like many of her little proverbs or idioms, I have no idea of its origin or where she got it from. Still, like most things, I have grown to appreciate her sage advice and desire to pass it on for my good and the good of others.

Prophets are messengers of God, and in the Old Testament times they were more likely than not to deliver a message of warning or woe; of repentance – to stop, turn away from something, or turn toward something. Most people I know don’t like to be told what to do or that they need to change their ways. We don’t like others getting into our “business”, even when we are wrong.

But a wise person listens, pays attention to, takes notice of, and recognizes the gift of correction. Sometimes a few simple words taken in and received well can make all the difference in the world and get us back on track.

Lord, open our ears that we might hear your prophetic word for us today and that we might not only hear, but govern ourselves accordingly.