The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of the law. Deuteronomy 29:29
It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn your statutes. Psalm 119:71
For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations. Isaiah 56:7
Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4
Words are my life, my livelihood, my soul’s connection to God and the brethren. That may seem heady, but the truth is that, yes, I am a woman and therefore have several thousand words a day to speak. More importantly, I am aware of the power of those words when they are spoken. A simple phrase of affirmation can bring the biggest smile of relief to a client. A word spoken in a harsh tone can spoil an evening with my husband. A gushing of confession spilled out on my knees can open my heart’s door into God’s house of prayer.
If my words take on such life, how much more powerful is the revelation of my Lord’s words! He has revealed His will, written-down, to communicate His love for me, His desire for my life, His displeasure in some of what I do, and His forgiveness and mercy toward me. I learn about words by reading His. I learn what to say, what not to say, when to speak and when silence thunders.
Sometimes I have prayed, Lord take my tongue and speak for me, just so I don’t make mistakes. But most times, I have had to experience the afflictions of gossip, manipulation, vindictive pronouncements, and other forms of hurtful speech to learn what God wants me to say. It is through the humbling experiences of sorting through the words of others that I hear His tender voice speak my name and teach me His ways. I cannot wait to hear what He has to say!