The heart of the righteous studieth to answer:
but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
Which character do we most often represent? Do we think and "study" before we answer, as the righteous? Or do we take on the character of the wicked and "pour out" whatever we want to - good or bad?
As I pondered this verse, the image of a watering hose came to mind. If we simply turn on the water and allow the hose to do whatever it wishes, water will gush out and rapidly flood the surrounding land. If, however, we direct the hose, using our finger to intensify the stream of water, we can manage the water pattern more easily and get much more accomplished. Less water is used, but more profit is done.
|Photography by Amanda T. used by permission|
Perhaps that is the case with our words. We can resemble the wicked and let our words flow without guidance or restrictions and cause great damage to those around us, or we can be like the righteous and use our words carefully, directing them with prayer to be most effective.
Which way are we choosing to use our words today?
This was originally posted on our 52-verse challenge blog ( http://52weeks52verses.blogspot.com/ ). A handful of girls/women are working to memorize 52 verses in 2012. If you would like to join, it is not too late!