Think Before You Speak

Daily Devotional

Proverbs 29:20 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? There is more hope of a fool than of him.

Give careful consideration to your words: a word hastily spoken very often does more harm than good. Miriam and Aaron spoke out against Moses in Numbers 12, because his wife was an Ethiopian woman, suggesting that Moses was not the only one hearing from God, asserting that God was speaking to them as well. Their utterances earned the wrath of God. And Miriam, who was the chief instigator, was immediately struck with leprosy and had to live with it for 7 days.

Michal, the daughter of Saul, was another example of being hasty with her words. As David brought up the Ark from Obededom house to the city of David in 2 Samuels 6, he danced with all his might to the extent that some parts of his body may have been exposed. After he finished blessing the people, he went home to bless his household, but Michal greeted him and cursed him out saying that he uncovered himself like a vain person would. Because she did not give careful consideration to her words, her womb was cursed and she had no child until the day of her death. It is important that you think before you speak, Proverbs 29:20 paints a gloomy picture for those who don’t. It says there is more hope for a fool than that person. What the scripture is saying is that a fool has a greater chance of success than someone that blurts out whatever comes to their mouth. Let not that be you. 

Life Application: Take some time to deliberate about what you intend to say especially if your words could create conflict or confrontation. 

Prayer: Lord, help me to be careful with my words. Help me to think before I speak and to be deliberate with my words. Give me your wisdom to speak the right words. In Jesus name, amen.

Published by Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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