27 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.
28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, discerning if they hold their tongues.
There is power in the spoken word, there is power in our confession, it brings things from the spiritual realm into where we are and calls them into being, both good and bad. When we speak out and speak up, what we are really doing is to make declarations of faith or defeat to all who is in the world. Think back to the moment when you received Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, you had to confess with your lips that you had sinned and to ask for forgiveness and to make Jesus your Lord and King, and the whole action of doing that is really more than it being something that you tell God. It also serves as a declaration to the devil and all the likes that you now belong to the Kingdom of God and that sin no longer has a hold on you. Whether you choose to speak life or death into the situations of your life can make a vast difference in the way you lead your life.
One of the reasons why we tend to miss out on God and His plans for us is because we are people who are too quick to speak at times, some more than others. Blame it on the culture, our upbringing or whatever you want, but you will not find the answer to your problem unless you go looking for it in the Word of God. In the verse we read earlier in Proverbs 17, it talks a lot about how important it is to think before we speak and to exercise self-control when it comes to the tongue, to gain understanding of our situations before we even begin to speak things from our lips. One word, especially, that came up in my mind when I was reading about the power of our confession is the word ‘Selah’. Selah is a word that is found only in two books of the bible, Psalms and Habakkuk, but the meaning behind the word is what we are after. Selah basically means to pause and to give thanks to God, to lift His Name up and exalt Him. And the reason why I think this word speaks so much to me is the fact that we as Christians might not be having enough ‘Selah’ moments in our lives.
When situations seem bleak and people say things that make you feel worthless, how do you usually react to them? I’m not sure about you but sometimes I really do feel like I’m worthless and helpless, ‘it’s never going to happen’ and ‘I’m not good enough’ are common phrases that I have heard way more often than I would’ve liked to hear them. But I want to encourage you today, that before those words even slip out of your mouth, call for a ‘Selah’ moment. Pause whatever you are doing or whatever you are about to say and give praise and thanks to God, declare into your life once again what God has done for you and what He can do for you as long as you trust and obey Him. Choose to speak life into your situations, choose to keep silent so that you can hear the voice of God, choose to exercise restraint, choose to Selah.
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for being my Lord and Savior. Father, I pray for strength to exercise self-control and restraint when it comes to the words that I speak. Though it may be so easy for me to confess the wrong things when I am faced with challenges and difficulties, I pray that You will constantly remind me to call for Selah moments so that I may remind myself once again what is the extent of Your power and Your love for me. I pray for wisdom and discernment in every area of my life, that the words I speak forth will not tear down others but to build them up and glorify You, Lord. Thank You for Your grace and mercy and In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.