Hear, for I will speak excellent and princely things; and the opening of my lips shall be for right things.
For my mouth shall utter truth, and wrongdoing is detestable and loathsome to my lips.
All the words of my mouth are righteous (upright and in right standing with God); there is nothing contrary to truth or crooked in them.
[Proverbs 8:6-8 AMPC]
We were talking together yesterday evening, and Gill was led to read from Proverbs 8, particularly regarding our words and how we say them. Do we always utter truth; and is there ever anything crooked in what we say. The truthful answers are 'no' and 'yes' in that order, even although we may strive to achieve the opposite.
The reason for our discussion was an email or text message, which appeared at an initial reading to be derogatory, but when understanding and wisdom were applied, it became more of a humourous remark badly worded. In the first verses of Proverbs 8, Solomon says:
Does not skillful and godly Wisdom cry out, and understanding raise her voice [in contrast to the loose woman]?
On the top of the heights beside the way, where the paths meet, stands Wisdom [skillful and godly]; at the gates at the entrance of the town, at the coming in at the doors, she cries out: to you, O men, I call, and my voice is directed to the sons of men.
O you simple and thoughtless ones, understand prudence; you [self-confident] fools, be of an understanding heart.
[Proverbs 8:1-5 AMPC]
Wisdom [skillful and godly] is the Holy Spirit, and although the Book of Proverbs is about many things; predominantly it is a book of wisdom; how to raise a Godly son. And raising that Godly son within us is the main focus of the true believer. We know that we cannot do this in our own strength of will, but neither is it the case that we leave everything up to God to deal with. There comes a point in our walk with The Lord, when we reach out to Him in prayer (on the top of the heights beside the way, where the paths meet), that we get a breakthrough in our understanding of the heavenly purpose (at the gates ...at the coming in ... I call) and His voice is clear to us (My voice is directed to the sons of men).
These verses talk. They dwell on speaking -- about the voice of The Lord -- our voice and the words we use. If we desire to follow Jesus we must speak with His heart filling us. Where the paths meet; where my spirit and His Holy Spirit meet in understand and wisdom, then the opening of my lips shall be for right things.
When we have a certain belief, we kill God in our lives, because we do not believe Him, we believe our beliefs about Him and we do what Job's friends did -- bring God and human life to the standard of our beliefs and not to the standard of God.
GEORGE and GILL STEWART