DEVOTIONAL: Speak or Shh? Determining Appropriateness of Words~Engaging God!’s Filter

Proverbs 14:12
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

How many times have we said or written something we wished we could take back? I think we all know my answer to that!

In the moment, words or actions may appear to be appropriate yet are far from it. Words can provide great comfort or offer wisdom and guidance. On the other end of the scale, they can prove the utterer foolish or inconsiderate.

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

There are certain occasions in our lives when we only get an instant to do or say the right thing; A word of encouragement to a family gathered in a hospital waiting room, those in a receiving line at a funeral home, a potential employer, future in-laws are a few such examples.

Sometimes words are not appropriate and other times there are. We need to lean on the Lord and depend completely on Him to help us distinguish when we should do either. If it is silence we should exercise, Lord, please keep us quiet. However, if called to speak, let’s pray for the Father to speak through us the Words needed to be spoken and heard.

Ecclesiastes 3:7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

God gave Moses the words to speak at the right time-Exodus 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and He said, Thus shalt thou say unto the Children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

Job’s wife would have done better exercising restraint- JOB 2:9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.

Jesus remained silent-Matthew 27:2And when He was accused of the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing.


Merciful Father and King

Thank You for the words You give us when we need them

We ask that You speak through us

Luke 6:45 says, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”

Please cleanse our hearts, O God

That we may speak

Through Your power

When words are needed

Able to determine when to engage words

And what circumstances require silence.

Through the Power of Jesus, the Son of God we seek wisdom



“He Leadeth Me”

“These Are the Days of Elijah” (get your tissue)

About voicevessel bwc

First, and most importantly, I love Jesus Christ and I trust in Him as my Lord and Savior. I was raised in a Christian home by a godly dad and mom (who planned and had me in July before turning 42 in August), and 5 older siblings. My father passed away when I was 7 and my mother (who went to be with the Lord in 2005 at 81) never remarried. As a child, I was bullied at school, so I did not have many friends. I didn't want to tell my mom this because I knew she had enough worry being a widow at 50. I know what it is like to be lonely. As an adult, God showed me the value of His Friendship and has blessed me, too, with rich relationships with dear friends who also love the Lord. My husband and I (married 31 years as of 2020), have three wonderful, adult children and son-in-law as well as three darling grandchildren. Along with many others, my husband lost his job, but we refuse to be fearful or angry. The Lord has provided for us and we are so thankful for the opportunity to express gratitude through personal contact and occasional memories I share through writing. I believe the Lord has given me a venue to engage with others and a means to share His Word. Thank you for checking out my page. I hope you enjoy what you read. If there is anything positive or insightful in the devotionals (NOT CALLING MY WRITING "INSPIRED" by any means!), I give all credit and glory to Jesus Christ! On the other side of that, when something makes no sense, that's all me
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