Wise Words

Words have power. They can life up, or they can tear down. Knowing what power our words have, aren’t you glad to know that God has promised to instruct our words and train our tongues! “The Sovereign Lord has given me His words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning He wakens me and opens my understanding to His will. The Sovereign Lord has spoken to me, and I have listened. I have not rebelled or turned away. (Isaiah 50:4-5)

The NIV translates the beginning of the passage this way. “The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue.” Why does he instructs our tongues and give us his words of wisdom! So that we will know exactly what to say to comfort the weary. There is no formulaic language that will transfer from one situation to the next. Each person’s heart will be lifted by specific words that only the Holy Spirit knows. He can instruct your tongue on the spot.

How often does he train us? Morning by morning. The Lord asks for the first-fruits of our days, the first morning hours, for giving us instruction, like a rabbi instructing his eager students. He awakens us in the morning to teach us and to pour himself into us. It’s easy to choose more sleep time over time with him, but often it is the slacker’s way and leads to an unkempt life instead of to cultivated, rich life.

What is our response once he has spoken to us? To hear and respond. To listen every moment and hear in our solitary time with Him. Then we have his words to speak to those around us. God’s words are never empty. They do just what he sent them out to do. They bring life to those around us.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends


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