This verse is saying that it is better for you to have what it takes and no one know it than for you to tell everyone you can do something but not come through. Words quickly lose their meaning when they aren’t followed up with actions. Reminds me of the song from My Fair Lady entitled Show Me.
Don’t talk of stars, burning above
If you’re in love, show me
Tell me no dreams, filled with desire
If you’re on fire, show me
Never do I ever want to hear another word
There isn’t one, I haven’t heard
Here we are together in what ought to be a dream
Say one more word and I’ll scream
Another way to look at this verse is that it is what’s on the inside that counts, not what’s on the outside. I know this one well. I have lived so much of my life trying to look good on the outside, say the right thing, be the good guy, do things just for the show of it. Meanwhile, my heart was sorely lacking for character and truth.
“Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.” Ps. 51:6
“for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” 1 Sam 16:7
Where are you today? Are you backing up your words with actions? Do you live from a bedrock of truth and integrity? Are good works and humility the beauty you adorn yourself with? Or are you boasting about things that aren’t there and trying to look the part?
And how does this manifest in your relationship with God? Are you trying to pull a fast one on the Lord? Been there. Done that. Trust me, it doesn’t work!
“The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” Isaiah 29:13
So, are you a nobody that is really a somebody or are you a somebody that is really a nobody? The world’s nobodies are God’s somebodies!