Every day you and I give people an impression of who Jesus is by the words we use. Are they hearing, or reading, words from you which would draw them to Christ or push them away? Are you using words which draw you into greater relationship with God or words which create distance? Over the next 23 days I will be sharing from the devotional journal, “Watch Your Mouth”, with the prayer that it helps you discover some of what God has to say about choosing words which honor Him.
Here is day nine with an important reminder that watching your mouth should lead you to use words which are known.
Choose Known Words
“Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.”
Psalm 139:4 (NIV)
Which is easier for you, having a conversation with someone who has no idea what you are talking about or with someone who can finish your sentences? Have you ever tried talking with someone who seems to know the same words that you do but uses them in a completely different way? Are there times when you struggle for just the right word to say in a particular situation?
Some time back I received a call from a salesperson and when the call was finished my wife asked me what it was about. My honest answer was that I had no idea! The person was using words that I knew but in a way that had no meaning to me. Sometimes I think that happens when we pray. We try so hard to make our prayers sound like we think prayers ought to sound that we end up having no idea what we’re talking about and completely miss what God wants to say to us. As you pray, take comfort in knowing that God knows the words of your heart even before they enter your mouth. Pray that you would have consistent time in God’s Word so that you will know what His words will sound like.