May 26 (Ephesians 4:29)
Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. (NLT)
God spoke the physical universe into existence, and we were created in His image. It stands to reason, then, that human speech shares in that creative power. It is true that I can’t say “shiny, red Mustang” and a hot sports car will appear in my driveway, but the words that we speak to others have profound and very real effects. In many of our daily interactions, we are speaking reality into existence.
This is the season for high school and college graduations. Countless words of encouragement and affirmation will be spoken by friends and families to those who have completed their studies. Why do we do that? Why do we bless people with our words, acknowledging their gifts and abilities before God and men? We do it because we know that in some way we cannot quite explain, our words have the power to shape reality. Of course, it is not our words themselves so much as the power of God working through them when those words are given in faith and inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Now consider this. How many people never hear such words? How many children and young people never hear words of encouragement and affirmation? How many adults have gone a long time without hearing them? Be attentive to the Holy Spirit, and when He gives you a word to share with someone, be quick to do it. Whether in email or written letter or spoken communication, imitate your Father by speaking truth and love into those around you. You will be taking part in the very of act of creation when you do.
Lord, thank You for all those who have spoken Your words into my life. Make me aware of those who need Your words and embolden me to speak them. May my words always be an encouragement to those who hear them. In the name of Jesus, my Savior, amen.