The Mouth Of The Godly!
April 24th, 2013
God woke me up at about 3:40 AM this morning. As I often do when God wakes me at such an early hour, I got up. I went into our living room and spent the next several hours in prayer and reading and meditating on the Word of God. One of the places I studied was in the book of Job chapter sixteen.
As job looks back on his three friends and their hopeless counsel he bluntly told them in (Job 16:2) "...miserable comforters are ye all." What a statement from the broken heart of old Bro. Job. In the next chapter in (Job 17:10) Job declares, "But as for you all.... I cannot find one wise man among you." My study of all their counsel to Job in chapters 4, 5, 8, 11, 15, 18, 20, 22, and 25 concurs with Job's blunt assessment. They hurl for all nine painful chapters accusations, condemnation, criticism and judgment on their friend who has endured loss beyond comprehension.
In contrast to the counsel of Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar, in chapter sixteen Bro. Job tells us what the mouth of the Godly should being saying.
1. The Mouth Of The Godly Should Strengthen The Hurting
(Job 16:4-5) "I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you. But I would strengthen you with my mouth...."
Is that what you do? Do you strengthen others with your wise and kind advice? Do you avoid critical, judgmental conversations knowing such will spiritually impair those to whom you are talking? You do if you are godly!
2. The Mouth Of The Godly Should Relieve The Hurting
(Job 16:4-5) "I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you. But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should assuage your grief."
I love that old English word "Assuage" - It means to relieve. Do your conversations bring emotional and spiritual relief to those with whom you converse? I fear many selfish, bitter, and mad folks use their tongue to dump on others rather than to ease the burdens of others. If you are critical, complaining and negative you're not helping anyone you talk to. Do you inform others of junk, garbage and hurtful facts just to get even with other people? You may feel a sense of relief when you dump on others but just remember the Bible declares your actions the opposite of what is godly and good.
3. The Mouth Of The Godly Should Pray For The Hurting
(Job 16:21) "Oh that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbor."
Godly people Pray For others they do not Prey On others with their tongue. Somebody is hurting today, make sure you help them rather than hurt them with your mouth! How about your twitter and face book post? Do they encourage, uplight, edify and bless those that read them? In both our verbal conversation and all forms of social media we all need to remember the words of our precious Saviour in (Matthew 12:36) "...That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment."