RIGHT WORDS spoken ‘IN TIME’ are POWERFUL
May 25 Bible Reading: Job Chapters 4-6
"Teach me, and I will hold my tongue; cause me to understand wherein I have erred. How forceful are right words! But what does your arguing prove? Do you intend to rebuke my words, and the speeches of a desperate one, which are as wind?" (Job 6:24-26)
Job directs himself to his friends as he reproaches them for not being more understanding to his current situation. Even though Job does not make any reference to the theological issues raised by Eliphaz, he responds more to his tone than the content of his argument. Job had thought that he could at least count on his friends for pity, kindness, and understanding but not condemnation. So, Job responds to what he perceives to be a judgmental attitude of his friends, not the actual words spoken to him.
Job pleads with his friends to be more sensitive and understanding rather than be argumentative. He maintains his integrity in spite of the implications from Eliphaz that he was a secret sinner and has lived a sinful life. Job admits that his words were rash (6:3), and he explains why: his grief was a burden that his friends did not feel or try to help him carry. God was shooting poisoned arrows at Job, and his friends were not applying medicine to his painful wounds.
Let us understand that right words spoken in time are very powerful. We should be “slow to speak” (James 1:19) and should control our tongues when we speak (Psalm 39:1; James 3:1-5). We should be aware that "a word spoken in due season" (Prov 15:23) is very effective, so whenever we speak at any situation, we should "speak as the oracles of God" (1 Peter 4:11). “The mouth of the righteous is a well of life" (Prov 10:11), and "love covers all sins" (Prov 10:12). Never forget that "wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding" (Prov 10:13).
Hurting people need encouragement, not argument. Let’s ask God to make our words like healing medicine (Prov. 12:18) and refreshing water (Prov. 18:4). Let’s start the day praying for wisdom to say the right things at the right times (Isa. 50:4). One day God will change our burdens into glory (2 Cor. 4:16–18), but until then, we must bear one another’s burdens (Gal. 6:2) and relieve one another’s wounds (Luke 10:25–37; Acts 16:33) through our words.