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September 22, 1997

Talk with Caution

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Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. ECCLESIASTES 5:2
According to the psalmist, we are to number our days (Psalm 90:12). According to Solomon, we are to number our words. There is a connection between our hearts and our mouths. A quick mouth indicates a hasty heart, while a careful mouth indicates a thoughtful heart.
When we enter a God zone, quality is far better than quantity. We might not normally associate spending time in prayer with being a fool, but according to Solomon, the more words we use when talking to God, the greater the chance we have of being unwise in the communication exchange. In fact, in Ecclesiastes 6:11, Solomon comes right out and says it: “The more the words, the less the meaning.”
In other words, the more careful you are when you talk to God, the better. What are you really asking for? Have you really searched your heart for wrongdoing? Do you know of things in your life that need to be changed, things that you have been unwilling to confront? What are the obvious next steps you need to take toward maturity? Are you doing what you know you should be doing in this season of your life?
It is amazing how probing questions bring focus to our conversations with God. The words might be few, but the intensity is great and the results are clear.
We spend a tremendous amount of time and energy making sure that our words are crisp and precise when we’re writing a strategic plan or composing a memo that goes out to the organization. We carefully cut out extra and ambiguous language. We make sure our thinking is clear. Solomon suggests that we do the same in conversation with God. An off-the-cuff communication style with the Almighty is probably not the strategy we want to pursue. After all, Solomon calls that the “speech of a fool” (Ecclesiastes 5:3).
How careful are you with your words when you talk to God?

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