Text: 1 Chronicles 5-8; Ecclesiastes 10
Ecclesiastes is “wisdom literature,” and contains the words of Solomon as he considers the life he has lived as king, wealthy, wise and powerful. Many of his sayings are worthy of a good “soak.” Think on them, chew on them, and put them to work in life. That is what wisdom is all about. One verse that caught my eye is 10:20:
Even in your thoughts, do not curse the king,nor in your bedroom curse the rich,for a bird of the air will carry your voice,or some winged creature tell the matter.
This speaks to a vital discipline for life. We ought not even entertain critical thoughts about people lest they leak out in our speech. For when they do, they can take on a life of their own – carried by “a bird of the air.” I know I have heard things from the mouths of children that certainly did not originate in their hearts – they are just little “birds” repeating what they have heard (gulp). For me, I am asking the Lord for help in this, that my thoughts and also my speech might be guarded by His goodness and His Spirit. If my thoughts are in check, my tongue will not offer anything for the “winged creatures” to speak of. To prayer!
in Him, Mike