The power of life and death is in the tongue. Our words are impactful whether they are life-giving or detrimental. Since all spoken words come from thoughts, we are the ones who are in control. Remember, harmful words that ‘uncontrollably’ spew out of our mouth come from our heart. We might say that they are premeditated.
Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” Job was struggling with incredibly painful boils all over his body. When his three friends came, they saw his grief, sat down with him, and were silent. Job 2:13 says, “So they sat down with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his grief was very great.”
This is my surmise based on their words afterwards. Though they didn’t speak, their minds were very active. Their thoughts formed the accusing words they would later speak to Job. They were not good, but destructive, and crushed his spirit. Proverbs 18:14 says, “The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, but who can bear a broken spirit?”
Job 16:2 says, “I have heard many such things; miserable comforters are you all!” Verse 4-5 says, “I also could speak as you do, if your soul were in my soul’s place…but I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the comfort of my lips would relieve your grief.”
2 Corinthians 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.” Verse 4 is our mandate. It says, “Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
Why do we turn to David’s Psalms when we are in trials? We drink in his words because they are real, and reflect our own heart’s upheaval. James 1:2 says, “…when you fall into various trials.” Trials stop us in our tracks. They have no warning, and we are often broadsided. We need words that will penetrate and impact our heart.
How many times have you read Lamentations 3:22-24? They are words that Jeremiah penned in his trial. When we read verses 1-21, we understand how his heart was devastated by his circumstances. Verse 20-21 says, “My soul still remembers and sinks within me. This I recall to mind, therefore I have hope.” What did he recall?
Verse 22-23 says, “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” We were all thrown into a trial through our nation’s upheaval. Let us cling to His word, and let it nourish our heart. David’s Psalm, 18:39 says, “You have armed me with strength for the battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.” The Lord is the same faithful God. He will fight for us!