3/27: The Know-It-All


Have you ever run across a person who is a know-it-all? A know-it-all can simply be a lot of hot air who makes statements everyone recognizes as ignorant. However, there does exist the know-it-all who really is smart. This is the worst kind because she then has a fact to present about every topic, offers a comment on every issue, and inserts a correction to every one of your thoughts. You can’t get a word in edgewise. She’s so frustrating because she is right most of the time, but her manner of letting you know she’s right is extremely obnoxious because she simply can’t believe there may be something she doesn’t know.

The potential existed for Apollos to act like the smarty-pants, know-it-all. Acts 18:24-26a introduces us to him, “Now a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus. This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord though he knew only the baptism of John. So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue.” This description makes him the perfect candidate for know-it-allness. However, the end of verse 26 teaches us something, “When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.” (NKJ)

That’s the attitude a true know-it-all should have – an attitude that says, “I may know a lot, but I also know I don’t know it all.” Apollos submitted himself to a husband and wife team of tentmakers to school him in theology. Accurate knowledge was the principal thing. What he already knew did not overshadow what he could learn and he was eager to continue to add to his vast store of knowledge, especially in the area of teaching the things of the Lord accurately.

Here are some proverbs about speaking and knowledge:

  • Proverbs 15:2            The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness. (NKJ)
  • Proverbs 15:14 The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness. (NKJ)
  • Proverbs 29:11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards. (KJV)

And my daddy used to say, “It’s better to remain quiet and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

There’s nothing wrong with being smart; however, let’s take a lesson from Apollos. Listen every now and then, even to people who may not have as many degrees. You just might learn something and you just might be a much more pleasant person to be around.


©2009, 2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on March 27, 2013.

One Response to “3/27: The Know-It-All”

  1. Shut your mouth!!!!!

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