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)
Linking up with Grace & Truth and Dance With Me Jesus today 🙂
9 thoughts on “Words”
I’m your neighbor at #DancewithJesus, Ruth! So good to be here today. This is a beautiful meditation on words. Love this: “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.” YES, YES, YES!
Ruth, I went through a time a couple of years ago when I had no words to tap out on the computer. It was in that time that the Lord spoke to me and said, “You may not have words, but I do.” In those days I went to the Word of God, and began calling forth Scriptures that spoke to me. Out of that time came the devotion book I wrote entitled, “When Words Won’t Come”. I try so hard to remember that my words have no power, but God’s Word does. Bless you, friend.
Thank you Leah – God’s Word is powerful; thank you for pointing me back to the bible. I must read your book, it sounds great. I would love to talk to you about writing at some point, if that would be ok? 🙂 Thanks for stopping by as always – I appreciate your words of encouragement! 🙂
Hi, Ruth! Stopping by from Grace and Truth this week. Yes, we may not always have the words, but our Father God certainly does! I know the words I write seem to have the most powerful effect when I know that they came by the Spirit and not of my own doing. The advice you gave at the end is key – be still and know. Thanks for sharing this with us!
Thank you Jen! You are so right about the words from the Spirit being the most powerful. 🙂 Really uplifted by your encouraging comment 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
Thank God He IS THE WORD. Beautiful words, Ruth. Join #DanceWithJesus Linkup each Friday please at http://www.SusanBMead.com/blog-2. Honored by this sharing of your words. Susan
Thank you for your comment Susan! God bless you! Will try & remember to link up! x
Love this, Ruth! Psalm 46:10 has been on my mind so much lately, so I was so glad to read it here in your post. It’s funny because it’s been on my heart, but I’ve had no words to put with it. Funny how that works! 🙂 I am always blessed by your encouragement. Thank you for joining us, as always, at Grace & Truth.
Blessings, dear friend!!
I love how the Lord works – He is so good! 🙂 Thankful to be linking up with you! Hope you are doing well and lifting you up in prayer 🙂 xx
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