God’s Speech is purposeful and brings results

““For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” (Is 55:10–11)

Talking is not a bad thing, but when you talk just to hear yourself talk, what’s the point. I am sure you know people like that – they love the sound of their own voice. Instead of talking with you in conversation, they talk at you.

God is not one to talk at us. He doesn’t just talk to talk. His speech is purposeful. It brings about results.

In Isaiah 52-55, God speaks in regard to salvation. He promises redemption through a suffering Servant. We know that servant to be Jesus. The One who was led to the slaughter like a lamb. The One who gave Himself on our behalf. The One who is our Redeemer.

The redemption Jesus provides didn’t just happen. Nothing took place in regard to Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf by happenstance. Rather, Jesus’ death on the cross, His giving His life on our behalf was purposeful and a part of God’s plan. He died in accordance with the Scriptures, as well as He resurrected in accordance with the Scriptures. His death on our behalf actually accomplished something. It accomplished exactly what the Father had purposed – redemption and vindication for His people.

God does not talk to hear the sound of His voice. His speech is purposeful and accomplishes that which He purposes. Praise God for His purposeful speech. Praise God He has the power and will to bring about that which He proclaims.

Safeguarding Your Thoughts and Actions

See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; (Heb. 12:15)

The Lord warns us not to allow the “root of bitterness” to spring up and cause much trouble and defilement. Our hearts and minds make up the seat of sin, and if we allow bitterness to take up residence within, we will find ourselves far from the kingdom if we never come to repentance. This is one of the reasons why gossip is so dangerous. Words spoken in secret reveal the state of one’s heart, and if the state of one’s heart is not oriented toward love of neighbor, as impenitent gossip reveals, then one does not truly love God (1 John 4:20).

A Root of Bitterness is Taking Root

The spreading of misinformation or uncertain facts about another person indicates that a root of bitterness may be slowly taking over one’s heart, inclining it away from the kingdom of heaven.

The Wise Man Safeguards His Thoughts and Actions

Wise people put up safeguards in their thoughts and actions to help keep them from being ensnared by a root of bitterness. Lest our minds lead us astray, it is wise to think on what is true, good, and beautiful so that our thoughts are not filled with curses and other unclean things (Phl. 4.8). At the same time, we should endeavor not to listen to or repeat uncertainties that we hear about others or otherwise gossip about our neighbors.

Question for Reflection

  1. Do you safeguard your thoughts and actions from gossip and bitterness?

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Headers are mine. Content is from TableTalk Magazine Avoiding Bitterness of Mind and Speech, October 23rd, 2015