When the most famous woman in Proverbs “opens her mouth” (ESV) and says, “Ahhh,” she doesn’t fill the air with mere sound. She fills it with wisdom.
To be honest, I’m not intimidated by the fact that she “selects wool and flax and works with eager hands” (Proverbs 31:13) or that she “considers a field and buys it” (Proverbs 31:16). Every woman has her own unique set of skills, right?
But this business about the words she speaks? Oh my.
She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue. Proverbs 31:26
She speaks with wisdom,…
Right now I’m so under conviction, I almost can’t type.
See, I am a woman who speaks a lot—basically, from the moment I open my eyes until I finally close them at night. Hour by hour, I toss out my opinions, plans, advice, ideas, observations, random thoughts, all that. You can be sure if it’s on my mind, it’s on my lips.
Now the time has come to ask some hard questions. Are the words I speak “skillful and godly” (AMP)? Are they “sensible” (CEV)? Do I have anything “worthwhile to say” (MSG), or am I simply talking my way through life?
When our Proverbs 31 sister speaks, “her mouth is full” (CEB). She offers something worth hearing. People gladly listen, knowing her words will be “like apples of gold in settings of silver” (Proverbs 25:11).
Most days, my words are like stale popcorn in a striped paper bag.
If you feel the same, don’t lose heart, beloved. Here’s what else she’s dishing out.
…and faithful instruction…
She’s offering what’s known here in Hebrew as torah—“direction, instruction, law.” Not a bunch of rules, but the law of “mercy” (JUB), “kindness” (KJV), and “grace” (GNV).
Now this is something worth talking about.
She’s teaching her family about God’s loyalty, faithfulness, and loving-kindness—that beautiful Hebrew word, hesed. And she’s glorifying God with her words.
As a mother, she surely talks about what’s for dinner and whose turn it is to wash the dishes. But the most important thing she talks about is God’s love.
We can do this. We can.
…is on her tongue.
She’s also not shy about sharing her faith. God’s mercy is always on the tip of her tongue: “I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself” (Psalm 89:2).
For those of us with the gift of gab, this really is good news. We don’t have to stop talking (whew). We just need to weave the truth of God’s love in and through our conversation whenever the Spirit leads.
When we study God’s Word, it shapes our words.
When we seek his mercy, we can speak with mercy.
When we focus on him, we help others see more clearly.
Now it’s your turn
- Who needs to hear a word of grace, mercy, or love from you today?
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Now, a wee prayer request: I’ll be posting all this month from Scotland, where I’m leading two all-women tours ’round the land I love. As we go from place to place, please pray we’ll be good ambassadors for the Lord, holding this week’s truth close to our hearts, and this word as well: “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone” (Colossians 4:6). Thanks SO much!
Your sister, Liz