The power of the tongue can carry life and death.
I have been pondering the prolific use of words in our society lately. In a country where freedom of speech is allowed at unprecedented levels with very little censorship or boundaries, words seem to be the driving force behind life as we know it. Words, spoken in every way from casual conversation to eloquent prose both written and even sung, they are in every moment of our life, often creating the rhythm by which we move. I often have wondered what would happen if someone suddenly yelled “QUIET”, and it actually happened!
Can you imagine if the world suddenly became silent? And even the written word momentarily vanished? What would we be left with?
With only the heartbeat of the natural beating in our ears and laying itself bare before our eyes. Crazy thought…but one that holds much appeal these days.
In the bible, David, Soloman, James and Peter all spoke of the tongue and the power of our words. Soloman, notably one of the wisest and wealthiest men to ever live in that time, even went so far as to write that it carries the power of life and death. Interesting proposition…
How often do I speak careless words, and have conversations that are meaningless and even at times could be harmful?
Martin Luther King used his words to inspire and incite a dream to come to life. Ghandi used his words to speak peace. Billy Graham used his words to effect the eternity of thousands. Today, words are tools that create chaos, bring destruction and destroy families and relationships. But what if your few words could be the catalyst for changing that?
Me? Well I am just one voice…that’s the lie. The lie that silences our voice, makes us think we do not matter and what we have to say, write or sing carries no weight. But here’s the truth…
What are the words dying to escape your lips?
Better yet, where are those words being birthed? What is your soul really wanting to speak. It is said that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. So the real question on the table is where is your abundance? Is it in what you can gain from the words you speak? Is it an abundance of fear keeping you silent only to allow something to continue to wither and die, or is there a deeper abundance that is screaming to get out?
Pondering silence always brings me back to the heart of the matter. Silence is necessary yet we fight it. And without the silence we lose the appreciation of the words around us.
Be still and know that I am God (Ps 46:10)
We want to know God, but there is a requirement…stillness, quietness, silence. I remember a time that it was clear that I was not to sing. No biggie, right? Well for a worship leader, for one who music is the vehicle by which God carries you and your instrument is your voice this was devastating. I was not sure how I could survive. Not sing? Really God? But then it was clear…
Sometimes we are so busy operating in our gift, or making our requests known to God that our voice becomes so loud we cannot hear the Creator. As Paul said in I Corinthians 13:1 we are like a clanging cymbal. And its because our words are flowing out of a self love not a love for our Creator, our need to be heard.
So I silenced by voice…for months…maddeningly hard at first but then in the stillness and quiet came the peace that God knew I so desperately craved but had no idea I needed. And it was in the quiet, in the stillness, His love washed over me, His unraveling of myself began and He began to reveal to me who I really was and the depth of His love for me. IT was here in the silence I found my voice. Silence spoke to my soul and unlocked a place I didn’t know existed.
So how quiet is your world? Does your soul scream chaos or are there whispers of peace flowing through you? In that desperate place is where our true soul voice lies…the place that feeds us and the place that the enemy of our soul wants so desperately to silence by drowning it out.
I challenge you today…be still…be quiet…take a moment and breathe and let the Creator of your soul speak in gentle whispers of love. Fight the discomfort and just do it…it just may unlock that voice that the world so desperately needs to hear!
Blessings to your soul,