By Mike Clarensau
Today's Scripture: Proverbs 30:32
Central Thought: We need to watch what we say.
"Shut up!" These are not pleasant words to hear. Around our household we don't allow them. Shut up! In other words, 'keep quiet.” 'Don't talk any more.” 'Silence!”
We all experience times in our lives where we need to 'keep our mouth shut.” The writer of the Proverbs writes in Proverbs 30:32, 'If you have been foolish, exalting yourself, or if you have been devising evil, put your hand on your mouth.”
No one likes to be around someone who talks about themselves constantly. The Scripture says they are foolish when they do so. Another version says that they 'play the fool.” They are like the dunce in the King's court. No one likes to be around someone who is constantly running other people down—gossiping, backbiting, or slandering. And you are never more like the greatest slanderer of all time—the devil—than when you speak evil of another person.
It hurts to be on the receiving end of evil words. It's condemning. When I hear someone speaking evil of someone else, I know that sometime soon they will be speaking evil of me!
The Psalmist writes in Psalm 145:21, 'My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.” If we are to exalt anybody, it is God! If we are to speak anything, it is to be the positive things of God! And here is the principle: How I speak is a choice. I can choose to speak encouraging words or I can choose to speak evil words.
Clap your hand over your mouth!
Devotional Prayer: Lord, help me to watch what I say and to speak in a godly way.
Today's Bible Reading: Zechariah 9:1-17; Revelation 17:1-18; Psalm 145:1-21; Proverbs 30:32