Picture yourself strapped into the driver’s seat of a race car. Its value is $2,000,000. The owner has hired you to complete the 200 laps of the Indianapolis 500 and cross the finish line as the winner. He has promised you a wonderful reward when you finished the course.
All around you the other drivers line up in their highly valued cars. Order, sportsmanship and mutual respect will be expected as each of you presses to the finish line.
You’ll be driving at approximately 218-225 mph and of course this is dangerous. How long would your career last if your attitude was careless, haphazard, and selfish? What if other drivers cringed when they saw you coming?
Would the owner of your vehicle want a driver who drove recklessly? What if you carelessly crashed into fellow racers’ prized vehicles, disabled them in their race, endangered fellow racers’ lives, and then drove past the crash scene with a casual wave out the window and “Sorry”?
That is exactly how we behave when we release careless, hurtful words, inflicting wounds on our fellow sojourners in God’s race. God brings this to our attention today in Proverbs 12:18: Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Children. Husbands. Wives. Parents. Bosses. Friends. Pastors. We pierce them to the heart with our words, and then offering a weak apology as we hurry on by.
“But, I’m under so much pressure, Lord.” So are they.
“But, I’m so busy, Lord.” So are they.
“I just couldn’t help it, Lord.” Couldn’t you?
“But I am sure they know I didn’t mean it, Lord.” Do they? Didn’t you?
Our “buts” and our “excuses” show that we do not place a high value on the hearts of those near us. But the value God places on each heart is inestimable. Instead of recklessly piercing those around us, we must seek God for the wisdom to value them, and the self-control to manage our tongues.
God, help me to value the folks You place in my life, so that I set a guard over my tongue. Help me to weigh the words on Your scales of love, before I casually release them as a weapon to kill. Will You teach me and empower me to speak words of life and truth, blessing and love, hope and peace—for Your glory! Amen.
Take 30 seconds to meditate on this: Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18
Each Wisdom Wednesday post is inspired by a verse from the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds to the posting date.
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