A small rudder on a huge ship in the hands of a skilled captain sets a course in the face of the strongest winds. A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything...or destroy it! It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell! ~ James 3: 4-6 The Message
We spoke last week about the importance of knowing our story. The stories of our life are nothing more than the merging of words: our word and the words we've heard. But they are so much more than letters merged together, God created all things with them. A year or so ago we broached this topic when speaking of Job's story:
Words. What do they really mean? God utilized them to create the world, then had them written so that we would know that. He also told us: they are a double edge sword, they have a great power and recompense, to etch them on our heart, to bind them about our waist, to wear them as a garland around our neck, to wrap them around wrist and to never let them leave our mouth.
God also explained how to serve them: to always speak them, sometimes to hold them, not to give them to fools, to realize they are pearls and not to feed the pearls to swine. He asked us: to speak them even when we know people will not listen, not to withhold them when they will teach, to speak them in love and kindness, advising us that, they can harm or heal and that they have action for good or evil.
God's bottom line was this: Ultimately they give life or cause death so we must understand our words because anything we propel out from us on some level we did in by faith. But sometimes our words expose the direction our rudder is heading us.....and it isn't where we've been telling everyone we were going.
There is no doubt, that the whole when to speak and when to "shut ye ole pie hole" can become a bit overwhelming……ESPECIALLY if we are leaning on our own thoughts with our eyes focused on our self. Satan knows this! But let's not focus on him, let's focus on what God says - and what He says is that there is nothing new under the sun! This is great news, it means that evils bag of tricks is "predicable". Let’s not be so naive (maybe that is a bit harsh) easily overtaken. Let's take the time to look at our history of words swarming about us all. Let's not be one of those weak willed women (or men) ever learning but never knowing. We can go through many days, but never learn one thing and we never mature enough to learn how to use our rudder to head us in God's desired direction. Let's grow up a bit, we can do it!
If you want to read Job's story which I referred to above, click here. If you have ever felt like there is no where else earth for you to go because evil is attempting to force you off the last snippet of ground you are wobbling upon so you might as well just end all the terrible mess……..or better yet just beg God to curse the day you were born. Then you know how Job felt when he basically said “Job OUT!”
Today, I cry out for those in riding the storm riddles sea of words. I pray that our faith not fail so that God's name will not be put to shame. He promised WE would never be put to shame when we ride the seas of His goodness.
That's all I need to have the wind of hope lift MY sails!
With the Love of our Christ
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