By Don Bailey
Today's Scripture: Proverbs 17:27-28
Central Thought: We should use wisdom in what we say.
The world's fastest talker holds the record of 627 words per minute. That is more than 10 words per second! Such fast speech might be fine for a competition, but it would not be very effective in everyday conversation. In practical terms, it would take about 20 seconds to read this devotion aloud, with clarity enough to be understood.
Today's reading points out that a knowledgeable person uses restraint in speaking and that wise and discerning people know when to hold their tongues. Such restraint is important because a lack of restraint often leads to later regrets. Once something hurtful has been said, it cannot be taken back. It creates far less damage to practice word control than to clean up the mess that results from a lack of control.
We should commit ourselves to guarding our words and making sure that what we say builds up rather than tears down. We can ask God to help us consider our words and guide us in how to let our words become a blessing. As we allow our speech to be under God's control, we will find ourselves better able to minister to others with words of help.
Devotional Prayer: Thank You for helping me use wisdom in what I say.
Today's Bible Reading: 2 Kings 9:14-10:31; Acts 17:1-34; Psalm 144:1-15; Proverbs 17:27-28