Our words matter – whether delivered by mouth, text, or email. We’ve all experienced the power of words, haven’t we? They can hurt or heal, encourage or crush, amaze or bore. They can calm an argument or stir up trouble. Words matter to all of us, and, amazingly, they matter to God. Here’s an example:
The world seemed upside down in ancient Israel: Bad people were prospering and were not being held accountable. Malachi 3:13-16 tells us about it. We read that God was angry because people in Israel were criticizing Him. “You have said harsh things against me, says the Lord . . . you have said ‘it is futile to serve God . . .'”
But there were some who saw it differently. Who realized God was sovereign and worth serving just because He was God. They started talking to each other and Malachi says, “The Lord listened and heard.” He goes on to say that God took note that they “feared the Lord and honored His name.”
God takes note of our words. Kind of scary, isn’t it? But not surprising to know that He’s listening. I think the prayer below might be a good one for all of us to pray today:
“O, Word Made Flesh, stand guard at the gate of my mouth.
Be my voice this day that the words I speak will be healing, affirming, true, and gentle.
Give me wisdom to think before I speak.
Bless the words in me that are waiting to be spoken.
Live and abide in my words so others will feel safe in my presence.
Surprise me with words that come from You. . .
May my words become love in the lives of others.” – Macrina Wiederkehr