Proverbs 18: King James Bible
Deep Waters – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter eighteen, Verses 4-8
4 The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook. 5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment. 6 A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. 7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul. 8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Deep Waters
These verses are a continuation of a topic that we’ve hit hard in these devotionals. That would be the topic which points to our words.
The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, because the origin of where a word will come from come deep from within, and are drawn to the surface. I believe that the words begin from a spiritual place (perhaps deep in our souls), and come to fruition through the heart, and out of the mouth.
As we’ve discussed in the past, the Father is extremely interested in each of our hearts, and the spiritual condition that he’d find it in. And the best test for us in order to figure out what our heart condition is, would be to examine the things that come out of our mouths, when we’re not paying attention to them, or at times that cause a strong and sudden reaction.
In verse 4, we see that words are as deep waters, but the spring of wisdom is as a flowing brook. This is the result of being in right standing with the Lord, and allowing him to fill you with all wisdom, through the Spirit of the Living God.
Does the phrase “rivers of living water” ring any bells? That is pointing us to the wisdom that comes by way of the Holy Ghost. The Lord is so good, that he gives us such a gift! The problem is, we don’t often pay any attention to him.
That’s the problem with a patient Lord with such a meek and patient Spirit. He won’t yell and scream over our own will, thoughts and intentions. Just to be clear, we’re the ones with the problem, not him.
On the other side of the coin, we’ve got the fool. The fool takes no care of what is poured out of his mouth. He speaks as if words are nothing but sounds from the face.
Unfortunately for the fool, words have their own laws established by the Lord. Words have more power than we can understand, and most damaging among the consequences, is the unseen ears that hear them.
This is a rule that shares meaning with,”the rain falls on the just and the unjust alike.” Spiritual windows that are opened by way of words can destroy the fool, and cripple the saint. Ignorance is not taken into account.
Jesus said that if we believe and have no doubt in our hearts, we shall have whatsoever we say. He doesn’t specify any particulars, which makes this a piece of insight that should cause for us to rejoice on the one hand, yet be leery on the other.
He never says that this rule only has to do with all the good things in life at all whatsoever. It goes for both the good and evil.
It would serve us all well, to do a thorough study into what the Father has to say about the things that come out of our mouths. Because above, we can clearly see what happens to the fool and also the talebearer.
Related New Testament Scripture
John 4: King James Bible
10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
John 7: King James Bible
38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
Mark 11: King James Bible
23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
James 3: King James Bible
9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
Thank you for everything! All of the good, and all of the bad. All of the good because it brings us great joy, and all of the bad, because it causes for us to cling to you, and teaches us lessons that we’d never have known otherwise. Thank you for your Holy Spirit, and for the river of living water that you promised to flow from each of us. Stir it up Father, and let it flow, all for your glory and furthering of your wonderful will. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Do you use your words, which are as deep waters, the way that the Lord would want you to?