This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Proverbs 18:21 (ESV)
Today I am reminding you that your words have real power.
Our youngest son Jonathan is a senior in college, and we just signed an apartment lease for him for the school year. It’s hard to believe how the years have flown by. This time period reminds me of a conversation I had with two girlfriends during Jonathan’s freshman year.
My two friends were planning a rather extravagant trip to Europe, and during the course of our conversation, I said to them, “I am not in the financial position today to take this trip, but I would be in the future.”
As I said those words to them, both my friends somewhat giggled over my strong emphasis on the word today. However, it wasn’t an accident nor was it a joke. I was acknowledging that my words have power.
I apply this same reasoning as it relates to the coronavirus. I never make statements like, “I fear I might catch this thing soon.” Instead, I adhere to the medical guidelines, and I declare that the light of God is protecting me. All is well.
When I turn to the Scriptures, I see this is precisely what the woman told the prophet Elisha after her son died. Immediately after her son died, she took her son to Elisha to be healed and revived.
Along the way, she never claimed that her son had just died. She continued to profess, “All is well,” even when her reality told her it wasn’t. Not only was her faith pure, but she understood the power of her words.
As you reflect on your own words, remember these words: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Proverbs 18:21 (ESV)
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So today, watch your words.