Words play a large part in our world. Words can get us out of trouble or make us a bed in destruction. If only our worship was as extensive as our words or we valued words the way Our God intended. We see the great use of words displayed in our God, the Bible tells us that the universe was created by the word of God (Hebrews 11:3) and that he holds it together by the word of his power (Hebrews 1:3).
Even given the Lords extensive words and teachings I was made aware of the importance of the size of the Bible by a friend who asked, “Have you noticed how small the Bible is?”
The definitive book intended to gather and guide from the all powerful, authoritative, accumulated written record of God is tiny. There are sixty-six “books” with some only a few pages long.
To help put this into context here are rough numeral estimates of popular books or authors (DesiringGod):
- William Shakespeare: 960,000
- Harry Potter: 1,084,170
- The Bible: Only 750,000
Numbers like these simply make us pause and wonder why God chose to use so few words.
Our wonder grows larger when we consider that the average person can speak 20,000 to 24,000 words a day and Jesus, the Word that became flesh, can only be quoted a few odd times. There was more he could speak but he guarded his mouth, speaking carefully, only when it brought teachings or deliverance.
It can be argued that the one voice that we hear throughout the Word is Satan’s, he has filled the airwaves, cyber-waves, print-waves, brainwaves, and every other wave of human communication with lying words (DesiringGod). He is the father of lies (John 8:44). He is working to exponentially increase words, and in doing so, to increase the snares of human transgression. After all, it is our words that are our greatest enemy. Our words, when used out of context or without the consent of the Father exposes us to dangers. The human tongue is now considered a world of unrighteousness.
Many of us are guilty of speaking out of turn, using hurtful words, or putting in our “two cents.” But we also need to speak less. When speaking to God, perhaps we need to take more seriously these few words of counsel:
“Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few”
We see in the Word that Jesus limited himself to speaking only what the Father gave him to speak, he could have said more at times but held back, what does that mean for us? If you’re anything like me you use words as your weapon. Physicality’s don’t interest you as much as words when it comes to defending yourself or getting your point across. Have you ever been accused of something you didn’t do or had others define you untruthfully? What was your response? Did you respond? Jesus didn’t. He didn’t need to. Not because he didn’t have the words to respond or didn’t know what to say but because of the importance of keeping words few. I challenge us this week to be “slow to speak” (James 1:19) and to “let no corrupting talk come out of [our] mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29). Some things aren’t worth a response if not given the direct say from God.
Our God is a speaking God. He is not silent, “listen to him” (Matthew 17:5). We would do well to listen more and speak less and when we do speak, to only speak what he gives us the say.
Let your words be few but your worship be LARGE just by listening.
This week’s song is Are You Listening by United Pursuit feat. Brock Human