What are you speaking
Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. James 3:4
We all go through various “storms” in this life, yet we all navigate through them in completely different ways. Some use logic, some move by fear and others panic. Today’s scripture talks about how to stay on course when facing the storms and struggles of life. The good news is, it is possible to navigate through life’s turmoil without being knocked off course? The solution is very simple, but not so easy to do. However, it is completely within your control. This may surprise you, but the decision is up to you. Maybe you are feeling, even now, like you have no control. With new fear gripping the world each day it feels like we have less control than ever. Still, you do have a choice. You can choose your words. Who will you give them to? Your words are a gift that you and only you can decide how to use them.
Today’s scripture talks about our tongue/words and how even though the tongue is such a small part of our body, it dictates the direction we are heading. Yikes! James compares it to putting a bit in a horse’s mouth or the small rudder that completely controls the steering of a large ship. Your words are what is controlling the direction of your life, not the government and not the current crisis.
The words you speak are turning your life either in the direction of wisdom or the direction of your enemy. You can look at it this way. When you speak, you are choosing to step in agreement with good or with evil. I would even go so far as to say that your words speak whose side you are on, the world’s side or God’s side. Are you agreeing with the latest headlines and statistics? Or do you watch over your words to only speak the truth of God’s Word and what He says not only in your days of crisis, but everyday.
What it comes down to is faith or fear. If I continue to speak the things that I am afraid of, I am turning the “ship” of my life to head in that direction. I am keeping my focus on the storm and heading straight into it. If I choose to speak the overriding truth of God’s Word in the situation, I am heading towards a smoother ride and the goodness of God is getting closer. I fix my focus onto the solution in God’s Word and turn my life in faith to stand in agreement with it, instead of the trouble.
Today I want to encourage you to navigate through life’s storms by carefully choosing the words you are speaking. Don’t get caught up in the criticizing, complaining and venting that is happening all around you. Mostly, don’t add to the fear of a situation by repeating the latest bad reports and derision. These details are all subject to change and are changing every day. Become part of the solution not part of the problem. Speak your words of faith in God’s love and protection to those around you! What is God saying in the storm? He never changes and His Word is true! God your Father loves you! He will protect and keep you from evil. Speak it boldly! Know that He has the power and the desire to keep you safe under the shelter of His love. He will do it through your faith filled words!
Today’s scripture reading: James 3:1-12