Choosing Our Words Carefully, Not Carelessly
The book of Numbers shares with us one stormy event after another during the forty years in the wilderness; these events were caused by the poor choices that the people made, just like the poor choices that we all make. The events that they endured were due to not only to their poor choices, but because they rebelled against the known will of God. They were very obstreperous in their disobedience.
They weep concerning their condition (Numbers 14:1).
They murmur against Moses and Aaron (Numbers 14:2). (Peers, leaders, higher authority)
They wish they had already died either in the land of Egypt (which represents sin) or in the wilderness, which I think represents a valley of decision. (Numbers 14:2).
They just did not do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD, and as a result, only two adults who began the journey in the wilderness, actually were able to walk into the Promised Land.
It is worthwhile to note that each event was preceded or precipitated by the words uttered by one protagonist or another. The tribal heads of Israel allowed themselves and their brethren to be tripped up by their own words, as they spoke evil against the land of Israel.
Their careless words testified to their lack of faith in the God of Israel. (Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel)
They also, in their rebellion showed a lack of love for the land of Israel, and lack of trust in themselves, but more importantly in Yahwey, who would sustain them. Their reward? They, and the entire generation that they ensnared were to die in the desert, never setting foot in the land that Elohim had promised them, save two men of the adult generation.
Even the sister, Miriam spoke ill of her brother Moses and was struck with leprosy. Even though her words were meant for the prosperity of her brother Moses, Miriam still suffered the consequences of her actions, as we all do when we speak ill of anyone, including ourselves.
Even Moses, the now infamous one who led the mixed company of the Hebrews and Gentiles through the wilderness was not allowed to enter the Promised Land because he himself was punished for his own misappropriation of the gift of speech. First he hit the rock, when he was commanded by Yahwey to speak to the rock, and then he spoke harshly against Israel, calling his thirsty kinsmen “rebels‘. (Numbers 20:10) Moses, too, would never enter his beloved land of Israel, then known as the land of Canaan.
There is an old proverb that bears repeating: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
We are all given boundaries to live by. Maybe we were brought up that way by our parents or maybe we have heeded the word of Yahwey and utilized the boundaries that He has given for us to live with-in, but speaking ill of anyone, including ourselves, our words cause and shape our actions and define who we truly are.
Words spoken carelessly will in time catch up with us. Perhaps a little song verse reminder from our childhood is in order. “O be careful little mouth what you say”
So I pose a question to all of us this evening… Are we submitted to the known will of Yahwey in our life? Because of our unfaithfulness, will our corpses lie in the wilderness, in the valley of decision? OR will we win the race that is set before us?
If we keep our eyes on Yahushua, who both began and finished this race we’re in and study how He did it, we will not loose sight of where He was headed, that exhilarating finish; in and with Yahwey on His side.
Yahsuhua could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever. And now He’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside Yahwey as the first fruit. When we find ourselves flagging in our faith, we can go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility that Yahushua plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into our souls!
We just must stay focused, keep our eyes on the mark and keep our little mouths shut so that we do not cause anyone to stumble, even ourselves. Remembering: our words cause and shape our actions and define who we truly are.
“Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks”
May Your heart and mine, be filled with the joy of the Lord. Have a great weekend and happy Sabbath. Be blessed and be a blessing!
~ Your friend, Eudora
- “It is good for us to be here” (wordsofgrace.wordpress.com)
- Joshua Chapter 1 (pofw.wordpress.com)
- “Shadows of Good Things to Come” (eudoranachand.wordpress.com)