Words

by Robert

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Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few. 
Ecclesiastes 5:2 ESV 
https://bible.com/bible/59/ecc.5.2.ESV

I think this verse is pertinent not simply to the spoken word, but also to the written word. I need to be careful, much as I love writing, to not simply “write for writing’s sake”. As it says elsewhere, “where words are many, sin is not absent. 

When things are going well, we may be tempted to boast, as if divine providence is our doing. And when things aren’t going well, we might be tempted to moan at God. Both attitudes are wrong.

We would do well to remember that God is Sovereign and Almighty. We on the other hand are mere mortals. He’s enthroned in heaven; we’re made of dust, and to dust we’ll return.

Reflecting on God’s divinity and our fragility should be enough to quiet us before His Majesty. That consciousness should help us not to be too wordy. We should think before we speak, for all our words will come into judgement.

“Sovereign Lord Almighty, thank You that even when You judge our words to be too many, through faith in Christ, He is judged in our place. We’re sorry for our sinfulness, in His name, amen”