Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! Psalm 141:3 ESV
In Genesis 24, we read the story of the search for Isaac’s wife. Eliezer, Abraham’s servant, returned to Nahor in Mesopotamia. There he met Rebekah who was literally an answer to his prayer.
Eliezer convinces Rebekah and her family that she is the woman God had chosen for his master’s son. Rebekah agrees to marry Isaac after hearing the testimony of the faithful servant. In response, Laban, Rebekah’s brother, says these words,
“Our sister, may you becomeGenesis 24:60 NKJV
The mother of thousands of ten thousands;
And may your descendants possess
The gates of those who hate them.”
I’m sure Laban thought nothing much of his words. After all, those words would have been a standard blessing of the time. He had no way of knowing that he was echoing the sentiment of the blessing and promise God had made to Abraham earlier (see Genesis 12:1-2, 13:15-16, 17:4-6).
Laban certainly had no idea that about 60 years later he would reap the words he had sown,
Now Jacob heard the words of Laban’s sons, saying, “Jacob has taken away all that was our father’s, and from what was our father’s he has acquired all this wealth.”Genesis 31:1 NKJV
Laban had treated his nephew dishonestly and had become his enemy. God blessed Jacob and out of Laban’s flock, he became wealthy.
Words have power.
Both Eliezer and Laban demonstrate the power of words. Eliezer’s testimony was powerful enough for Rebekah to agree to leave her family, home, and everything familiar.
Laban’s words became a self-fulfilling prophecy when his nephew walked away with his daughters, grandchildren, and a large part of his flock.
Have you ever said something you later regretted? Ever spoke words which later became a self-fulfilling prophecy?
What kinds of words are you speaking over your life today? What kind of words are you speaking into the lives of the people you come in contact with?
As people made in the image of God, it’s important to remember that just as God’s word was powerful enough to speak the world into being our words also have power.
The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.Proverbs 18:21 NLT
My friend, the words you say have incredible power. They have the power of life and death. What will you choose today? I hope you’ll choose life.
Father, thank You for making us in Your image and giving our words such power. Forgive us where we have spoken words that were more like curses that caused death in any way. I pray that as of today we will speak life.
Help us to choose to speak life to the people who are in our lives. Help us to speak life over our own lives. We know we’re not able to do it in our power so we pray that You will empower us.
Today, we choose to use words of life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
For more on the power of our words, read Do We Believe Our Positive Words of Affirmation?