Speaking Rightly

In recent weeks, writing a blogpost has proven difficult for me. There are a ton of ideas racing through the synapses of my brain. Putting them to paper doesn’t come as easily or readily as I’d like. I don’t want to say something just for the sake of talking, nor do I want to post something just for the sake of blogging.
I think part of it is that I want to be careful in how I speak about faith and certainly how I speak about the Lord. Afterall, He cares how you and I speak about Him.
In Job 42:7, we read “After the LORD had spoken these words to Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “My anger burns against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.”
That’s powerful.
In one of the longest discourses of God found in the Bible (Job 38-42), the Lord makes it clear, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that how we speak about Him matters to God. If it matters to God, then as a believer, it should matter to me.
How often has our generation witnessed someone losing their job or seeing their career in shambles after a carelessly spoken word? Yet, we frequently don’t take the necessary care when we speak about the Lord.
In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:36-37, ESV)
Scripture provides ample evidence of the importance of taking care when we speak, not speaking too hastily or too harshly. If this is true in speaking to one another, then how much more so when we speak about almighty, holy God?
Think before you speak about God. Be sure to speak rightly about Him, lest He deal with you, as He did with Job’s friends.

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