Proverbs in 365 Devotions

June 20

Proverbs 11:11 By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,but by the mouth of the wicked it is overthrown.

Taming The

Untamable Beast

Daniel Castor

Let’s start today’s devotion off with a riddle.
I can come as soft as a whisper or as loud as a shout.

And You better think twice before you let me slip out.

I have the power to bless and the power to destroy.

I can make quite a mess or bring peace and joy. What am I?

The answer of course is, “Our words”

This proverb reminds us of the power of the tongue. Not only can it do damage or bless on a small level, in one on one conversation... As in a husband using hurtful words to tear down his wife or a father speaking words of encouragement to his children...  It can also be used to bless or destroy on a large scale. Even entire cities can rise and fall by the words of those who reside in them. Less you think this is too far fetched the book of James compares the tongue to a flame of fire, a rudder of a ship and an untamable beast.

This is no joke. Our words have an affect on the direction of our lives. Our mouth can shoot forth words that are as destructive as fire. Sharp little cutting words can send wild fires of pain and sorrow into the ears of those who ear them. And this is something we all struggle with... Because James also reminds us that the tongue is like a beast that no one can tame.

I don’t know about you but I have a lot of work to do in this area. May God give us what we need to think before we speak. May God give us grace to tame the untamable and use our words to bless and build up rather than cut down and destroy.