We know from Isaiah 55:10-11 that God’s words have a targeted purpose. Think about your words as seed in light of verse 10. It says, “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater.”
Do your words water the heart of the one you are speaking to? Do they have substance that will bear fruit? Let’s look at 1 Samuel 3:19. Do you catch what God did with Samuel’s words? It says, “So Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and let none of his words fall to the ground.” Wow. Have you ever said something that you wish you hadn’t?
God designed our heart to think so that our thoughts would be our words. He also gave man a free will. We are the only ones who can control our thoughts. It is up to us. No one makes us think the way we do. Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” Death words are derogatory, critical, condemning, destructive, and the list goes on.
What are life words? Ephesians 4:29 says, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” Samuel’s words were prophetic. God used him to speak to His people. He did not let one of his words fail. Do your words fail to impart grace?
Isaiah 55:11 says of God’s words, “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” How can we speak so that our words will be a life-giving seed that will prosper in the heart of the one who heard it?
When our heart is full of God’s words, they will empower our speech to be a fertile seed. God’s word is a truth-seed. Psalm 15:2 says, “He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart.” Psalm 1:2 says of one that God blesses because, “…his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.”
What we put into our heart, and what we keep in our heart affects every one of our thoughts. Thoughts become words. It isn’t that we are spouting Bible verses as our words. It is the cultivation of truth that impacts our words. Think of 2 Corinthians 1:4. It says, “Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble…” The words that the Lord used to comfort us in our trials cultivated our heart.
They plowed up the soil in our heart. He used them to remove any clods of doubt, fear, unbelief, or worry. He sowed sustainable seed that would sprout and grow to fill our hearts to give us His True Comfort. As that seed began to bear fruit, it became part of our thought process. When someone in a trial asked us to help them, our words were laced with the same grace the Lord imparted to us in our trial.