Proverbs 10:21a – The lips of the righteous feed many…
Someone has rightly paraphrased this proverb, “Good feeds both itself and others.” One of the reasons that righteous words are valuable is that they benefit others spiritually. The righteous person has wisdom, so they can help others by teaching and warning them about life’s pitfalls. They have experienced the Lord’s provision in their life, therefore, they can come along side others and speak from their own experiences. When you speak truth from the Word of God, you are not only speaking to the one that is listening to you, but also to yourself. When you tell someone just how much God loves them, you are reminded of how much Gods loves you too. The best wisdom you can share with another person is the powerful words of truth found in the Bible. God put His perfect knowledge in writing for you, so that by listening to preaching and reading your Bible, you will have much to give to others. Job held the Word of God in high regard when he said in Job 23:12, “I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth More than my necessary food.”
Can you say the same thing that Job said about the Word of God? That you have “not departed from the commandments of His lips” and “treasured the words of His mouth.” What wonderful statements to be able to make publicly. I love the simplicity and the power of this week’s verse. “The lips of the RIGHTEOUS feed many!” You have the opportunity to speak life into the lives of the hurting and beaten down in this world. Do the words you speak give life to the hearts of those who hear you talk? Do the things coming from your lips bring life or death to those who hear you? With the words that come from your mouth, you can bring forth life as well as death. Words that encourage and words that tear down. Your challenge this week is to ask God to anoint your mouth in a way that will bless your family, friends, coworkers and strangers. Be someone that is more about building others up with your speech. So much so that they will receive hope in a time of trial, healing in a time of sickness, courage in a time of fear or anxiety. May God do to you as He did to Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1:9, Then the LORD put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me: “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.” God bless you this week.