Proverbs 25:11 “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.”
Years ago, I was in a fast-food restaurant and happened to look at a picture on the wall. It was a metallic imprint of a table with apples in a dish. The apples were gold, and the rest of the photograph was silver.
It wasn’t until years later, after trusting Jesus Christ as my Savior that after reading this passage, I remembered seeing that picture. I thought it strange at the time. But now, I think the owner must have been a Christian.
Often, we sputter, randomly from the hip. For some, there seems to be no filter as to what they say. Others seem to direct such hatred and vitriol that makes one wonder what is in the well of their heart to make them speak such things. For the saved child of God, our words matter.
James warns us about the tongue.
James 3:5-6 “Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.”
“… set on fire of hell.”
There are some reading that can recount a time when that ‘fire of hell’ was unleashed on them. Whether deserving or not, those words still sting. They pierce through even the toughest exterior and go deep.
Proverbs 18:8 “The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.”
My mother used to tell me, “Think before you speak.” Wise words to be heeded for sure.
But what of God’s words? Do they have the effect of what the writer of Proverbs is saying to us? Are they precious, desired, and as such beauty to behold as ‘apples of gold in pictures of silver?’
If my mind is cluttered, my surroundings clamoring for attention, and my spirit unsettled, it becomes difficult to hear His voice as I read. I have learned to put barriers up to avoid the distractions.
I want what my Father has to say to me today. He knows my needs far better than I. He sees further down the road and can lead me past snares and traps the enemy has laid for me.
When I know that His words comfort, console, and convict, I can come with confidence that He has my best interest in mind. I take His promises with me.
1 John 4:4 “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
I do not need to be great or put on a great performance – the Great One lives inside me and has made me an overcomer!