February 8, 2011

Shut Up & Listen!

Even though they don't come often, there are times when we run out of things to say. This should probably happen more frequently. In fact, I'm quite certain that life would be considerably different if every once-in-awhile we were willing to shut up and listen! In light of this, instead of rambling on or ranting about anything today, I want to encourage you to meditate on the wisdom of scripture. In light of James' exhortation to be "quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry", there are times when it's nourishing to our souls to shut our big yappers and listen intently to the Father. I pray that you'll take a few moments today and allow the Word of God to transform the way you think, the way you listen, and the things you say.

"Gentle words bring life & health...." Proverbs 15:4
"The Godly think before speaking." Proverbs 15:28
"From a wise mind comes wise speech...." Proverbs 16:23
"A person's words can be life-giving water...." Proverbs 18:4
"Those who love to talk will experience the consequences...." Proverbs 18:21
"Wise speech is rarer & more valuable than gold & rubies." Proverbs 20:15
"Don't praise yourself; let others do it!" Proverbs 27:2
"Don't make rash promises to God, for He is in heaven, and you are only here on earth. So let your words be few." Ecclesiastes 5:2
"Those who control their tongues can also control themselves in every other way." James 3:2
"If you claim to be religious but don't control your tongue, you are just fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless." James 1:26

"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10

Are you willing to listen? 
Are you willing to be still?
What is He speaking to you today?
What is someone else trying to say - that they need someone to hear?

Lord, give us wisdom, strength, courage, and sense to slow down, be still, and shut up & listen!

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