What does the Bible say about introverts?
Much is written about how introverts like to be alone and recharge through alone time. This is true. The highly under-reported (and I think, much less known) traits of an introvert include a slowness to speak due to different brain processing than quick-thinking, fast-talking extroverts. Also included is a greater willingness to listen, partly due to slower brain processing that leaves introverts less comfortable in the spotlight. In a previous post, I wrote about these traits and how learning about them changed my life dramatically for the better.
That being the case, let us dive into five different Bible verses that hail the qualities with which introverts are born.
#1 – Listening is often better than talking
Guard your steps as you go to the house of God and draw near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools; for they do not know they are doing evil. Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God. For God is in heaven and you are on the earth; therefore let your words be few. For the dream comes through much effort and the voice of a fool through many words.
– Ecclesiastes 5:1-3
#2 – See #1
“This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger.”
– James 1:19
#s 3-5 – being a slow-to-speak introvert turns out to be an advantage!
When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable,
But he who restrains his lips is wise. – Proverbs 10:19
He who guards his mouth and his tongue,
Guards his soul from troubles. – Proverbs 21:23
He who restrains his words has knowledge,
And he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise;
When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent. – Proverbs 17:28-29
Introverts and godliness
The qualities of introversion that I used to hate, because I thought they were a social liability, actually keep me from getting in trouble–a lot more than I might care to admit. What about you? If you’re an introvert reading this, what is your takeaway so far?
It is important to note that I take God’s word very seriously. I study hard to ensure I use it correctly and explain it rightly (2 Timothy 2:15). However…
Do I believe introverts have an advantage in the eyes of God because of our wiring? No, not really. I just happen to read such verses with an introverted understanding of the world and inwardly smile. Because in the eyes of “the world” having a quick, witty reply and being able to articulate the current state of affairs is deemed as most useful. Quiet people, who are less apt to speak up in groups, are many times perceived as less effective or intellectual.
But when we consider God’s ways, we see that sometimes fewer words and more reflection are often better, and are a recipe for curbing potential sin that comes from loose lips. However, regardless of being an introvert or extrovert, we all are still sinners that are desperately in need of God’s grace through Jesus Christ to save us from our sinful state.
If you have any thoughts, comments, disagreements, or the like, I would love to hear them!
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