Weekly Devotional (August 28)

Today, as most days, it is 1:09 pm and I have had my fill of words. I feel a little like I’ve been assaulted by words all morning. Do you ever feel that way? Now granted, I’ve spent my morning with a 9, 7, 6, 5, 4 and 2 year old, from whom words flow unceasingly. Plus, I’ve read a few emails and checked my Facebook so usually by this time of the day I just want a little quiet  I don’t want to hear or read anything for about 20 minutes. I just want quiet. 

I think the problem is that words today hold little value to people. We throw them out without thought; we update our Facebook and Twitter about what we had for breakfast, lunch, supper and what we might have for dessert. Imagine that 10 years ago you could get through each day without knowing what your old high school friends ate for lunch. We are inundated with words.

I’m as guilty as anyone on this front, I have over-shared and over-talked on social media, at coffee with a friend and, for that matter, at the Wal-Mart checkout line. But as we wrap up the Summer of Wisdom series, I wonder if our words reflect the godly wisdom we seek to have. What does the Bible show us about having wisdom in our words? Proverbs can be a bit obscure at times but also very simple and direct. In regards to our mouth, tongue and words you can’t get more clear, simple and direct than what Proverbs shares with us. 

I’ll see you Sunday morning where I will endeavour to keep my words simple, few and meaningful as we take a look at Proverbs’ guide to having Wisdom in our Words.