For the first time in a long time, I have no words. But yet I am still compelled to write. I spent a good 45 minutes staring at an empty post which was eagerly anticipating my familiar tap of the keyboard. Today, no words would come. I started writing a poem, but saved it in my drafts folder. I started researching different topics but grew weary. I felt I needed to write something for the link-ups today, but no words would come.
However, this in itself got me thinking about words. I thought about my One Word for 2015 which was ‘reconciliation’. I thought about the daily devotional calender I have with its words of wisdom. I thought about the Bananagrams game which I am so fond of playing now (you should google it – it’s awesome). Words are everywhere. They saturate our world. From the words people speak to each other, to the words we read from a book. Words in an advertisement persuading us to buy a product. Words on social media that cause us to think and react. Words on signs and outside of shops. Reading, writing, speaking. Other languages. Slang. Street. Old English. Communicating.
Words are powerful.
They reveal a lot about us. Our words can affect others in a good way or in a bad way. We want our words and our heart to be acceptable to God.
But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. (Matthew 15:18)
Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. (Proverbs 16:24)
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1)
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)
Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him. (Proverbs 29:20)
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. (Colossians 4:6)
Words also reveal a lot about God Himself:
Jesus is The Word. He is the ‘total message of God to man’.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17)
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)
Although there are days when this writer cannot find the words for her blog posts, she is confident that the word of God will be always be shared.
Nonetheless, sometimes it is best to be still and just know that God is God (Psalm 46:10). To enjoy being in His presence without uttering a word. Just to listen to the Living Word of God and be quiet. Let His words dwell in us, so that our words are few. Let us be still and in awe of Him today and be thankful that we can come to Him and find rest and hope in the arms of our Saviour (Psalm 62:5).
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! (Psalm 37:7)
But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. (Psalm 131:2)