Think Before You Speak


From Pastor’s Desk: 3-20-16

Ecclesiastes 5:2 …do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.

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Most people are somewhat like me, I think, in that we are “Still workin’ on that one!”

Anything said or done that does not glorify God is not conducive to a lifestyle that professes to be Christ-like. Words spoken in haste tend to show a great lack of thought process, and usually are far from glorifying God. Notice the verse says “Do not be quick with your mouth” before it adds “…do not be hasty in your heart.” Why? Because “…of the abundance of the heart…” the mouth speaks (SEE Matthew 12:34), thus substantiating the principle of Ecc. 5:2.

Scripture tells us “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9).

He knows my name

He knows my every thought

He sees each tear that falls

And hears me when I call

I would encourage you to read the previous posting of the article from Insight for Living on “Providence.” Charles Swindoll gives the 17th century Westminster statement on the word: “God, the great Creator of all things, doth uphold, direct, dispose, and govern all creatures, actions, and things from the greatest event to the least, by His most wise and holy providence, according to His infallible foreknowledge, and the free and immutable counsel of His own will, to the praise of the glory of His wisdom, power, justice, goodness and mercy.”

Kinda’ sounds like we need to pay attention to the last phrase of Ecc. 5:2 “God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.”

Too often we mess up a good things by opening our mouths. The following adage is attributed, initially, to various authors with different wording, including the following:

>“It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.” -Mark Twain

>“It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.” -Samuel Johnson

>“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” -Abe Lincoln

>“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.” -Mark Twain

Whoever said it first is not as important or significant as the message. Another version of that same message has taken form in my life-time: “Put your brain in gear before you put your mouth in motion!” Not as eloquent as Ecc. 5:2, but the same principle.

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