Proverbs 29: King James Bible
Hasty with Words – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty nine, Verse 20
20 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Hasty with Words
Here is another verse we can find that proves that a fool is not without hope. We talked about this at length in a devotional called, “Never Lose Hope.” As long as someone draws breath, there’s hope.
But why would someone hasty with words be considered to have less hope than a fool? There are several reasons why this would be true.
First off, someone who never shuts up doesn’t give time to listen. How can someone listen when all they hear is themselves?
It is a shame to someone who answers a matter before actually hearing it. If you never shut up, you’ll never hear the matter at hand. Some people think they know the answers before actually hearing the question! Just watch a couple of episodes of Family Feud to prove that out.
Even a fool gives place to listen, even if he doesn’t care one bit over anything you have to say. At least he hears it. He might rage or laugh you to scorn, but at least he knows what he’s laughing at.
Our last devotional spoke about the impact we as Christians can make on someone who is simply in a radius of observation. It is called “Actions Speak Louder,” and talked about the fact that actions speak louder than words when it comes to making an impression on someone, particularly those of us who are called by his name.
But that by no means should weaken our impression on the power of words. If you are trying to persuade someone of something, a blend of words, and demonstration (actions) work the best.
But words by themselves have a share of power, in that we bless with them, or curse with them. Words make a spiritual impact on things that eventually wind up working its way into the physical. Particularly when we begin to place faith into those words.
If we can get a good understanding of this through the Word of the Lord, we can understand the kinds of damage someone who is hasty with words does to themselves or others. We’re given verses that teach us that:
With much talk there is no want of sin.
We’re on earth and God is in Heaven, so let our words be few.
In dreams and many words are much vanities.
We’ll be held accountable for every idle word uttered.
(All of the above are verses paraphrased.)
Knowing that these things are true, just think of what someone who is hasty with his words is doing. Quick to speak (typically quick to anger), slow to hear, and spitting out mouthfuls of words that are doing nobody any good at all.
I believe that idle words offend the Father, because they are only idle from our point of view. If this were not so, why would we be held accountable for them? Spiritually, they are active, doing things and undoing things that we can’t see or comprehend.
The Father tells us what he would like to see. Bless and curse not. Choose life, and forgive, that we be seen like children of the Most High God. Use words with purpose, rather than allowing them to fly out of our faces like bees from a disturbed nest.
In so doing, we bless the Lord, bless others, bless ourselves. We speak the things that generate life and not death, and cause no unintended thing to take fruition upon ourselves or anyone else.
When there is a topic such as talk, speech, and words, that is so hammered on as it is throughout the scriptures, we’d better take it very seriously.
Related New Testament Scripture
35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. 10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: 11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.
Thank you for your Word, and your kindness to show us the things that you’ve established since the beginning. With every passing moment, teach us all through your Word and by your Spirit to watch what we say to others. Work on all of us in this Father, from the inside out. Teach us to speak in a manner that is best fitting for the children of God, and representatives of your Kingdom. Help us to choose against using idle talk. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever suffered the consequences of being hasty with words?
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