Proverbs 25:11 “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.”
Have you ever had someone say something to you that was just the right words that you needed for that moment in time? I’ve definitely had such things spoken to me, particularly words of encouragement when I was going through a particularly dark or trying time. What a gift it is when someone blesses us in this way. So, wouldn’t you want to do the same thing for others?
One of the wonderful things about God’s Word is that it equips us to do this very thing. In God’s Word we have God’s Truth that can provide encouragement and certainty in trying and uncertain times. His promises never fail. Whatever God has said to us is true because it is impossible for Him to lie (Hebrews 6:18). His promises are described as “an anchor for the soul, firm and secure” (Hebrews 6:19). God’s Word is filled with truth, and once we have learned those truths, they not only greatly strengthen us, but can also be used to strengthen others. One such example is the following words from the apostle Paul “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).” Paul was absolutely convinced that God would provide for his needs, for God had proved Himself to Paul over and over again. Because of this Paul could now say, “my God will supply all of your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”
So often we struggle with worry about difficult things that come into our lives. This worry can lead to deep anxiety and even depression. But it is in such times, once someone weathers the storms of life, that they learn deep in their heart that God’s Word is true, and it is truly “an anchor for the soul.” It is on that basis that we can bless others with a word fitly spoken – a word either directly from or inspired by the Word of the Living God.
May God help us to fill our minds and hearts with His Truth as a means to not only strengthen our own hearts to face the storms of life but also to bless others with “a word fitly spoken,” i.e., give the awesome gift of just the right word at just the right time.
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