Why do we think our mouths will get us out of trouble when it’s usually the other way around?
“Yet if I speak, my pain is not relieved;” – Job 16:6
Day 7 Devotion: If I Speak…
One of my biggest struggles in life is keeping my mouth shut.
Not only do I always have something to say, I typically feel the need to share it.
I could blame that on being a lawyer’s daughter or I could just claim it and admit I’m outspoken.
Either way, I think if I was being honest with myself, I’d admit that speaking my mind stems from making me feel better and not always out of the concern I feel for others or the honest belief that my words will help them.
I found the same truth as I was reading Job 16 this morning. Even after all the pain and tragedy that Job suffers, he says in verse 16, “Yet if I speak my pain is not releived”
In fact, in a “reflection section” on Job 15 in the Chronological Daily Bible, it says about Job’s friends, “Rather than being encouragers in his difficulty, they became his accusers”.
Even though we’re also called to speak he truth in love, I’ve learned it’s better to hold my tongue and contemplate rather than running my mouth and regretting. (Click to Tweet)
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.- Proverbs 21:23
Once A Day Bible Reading Plan & Devotion
Scripture: Job 15:1-17:16
You can use this daily Bible reading plan with any Bible, but it’s patterned from NIV Once-A-Day Bible: Chronological Edition (which you can buy by clicking the title or the image below).
Remember, you can start on ANY day of the year with this Once A Day Chronological Bible Reading Plan & Devotion…just click here to go to Day 1!