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November 13 – The Beauty Of A Fitly Spoken Word

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.  Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear.” Proverbs 25:11,12

Devotional Thought For The Day

The commentators describe in admiring detail the artistry exhibited in the silver-work utensils found among ancient artifacts throughout the Near East. Most assume that one of these highly ornate bowls is part of the comparison that Solomon is making.  The “apples of gold” may likewise be works of art, or simply the beautiful fruit of this hue and color.  Obviously something that was greatly pleasing to the eye moved Solomon to make the comparison with “a word fitly spoken” – just the right instruction spoken in just the right way.

Such moments are fairly rare in our experience, especially in these latter busy days.  In some respects, language is becoming a lost “art,” as speed and simplicity have become more important.  For many, language has become nothing more than a means of compulsion and coercion – the meaning of words and the content they convey no longer matter, neither those words heard nor the words that are retorted; all that matters is that the other person leave us alone and do what we want them to do.

Nor are we all that inclined to appreciate “instruction” these days – facts and truths only confuse, confound, and cloud up the way we have decided that we want things to be. Learning is a difficult and laborious activity.  Many people have virtually come to the condition that they believe that their words determine reality – that if they only say what a thing is, their assertion makes it so, regardless of how absurd and unreal their beliefs and statements may be. For such people there is no cure or healing – for anything that conflicts with their understanding and their proclamations [their personal desires] is immediately rejected, often forcefully and with great indignation.  Such a condition makes it impossible to understand this proverb, or to receive any instruction, or even to have a real conversation.  It is a most dangerous arrogance.

You will remember that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is identified as “the Word” – “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” [John 1:14]  Those who know the wondrous salvation that God has provided for us in Christ Jesus, the many assurances of God’s love, will recognize the beauty of God’s Word “fitly spoken.”  In our life of faith we are constantly learning how to be “reproved” and instructed by the Lord Jesus, and living in the assurances of His gracious love, mercy, and forgiveness, we come to understand how precious His instruction truly is – far more valuable than apples of gold, golden rings, or ornaments of gold and silver.

So our life in Christ makes us counter-cultural in our use of and appreciation for language that is “fitly spoken.”  We are concerned about things like truth and reality – and not just getting something.  We relish our time with the Savior, time spent learning from Him, as He continues to bless us with “a listening ear.”  We pray that He would continue to open our hearts and minds through His precious Word – that we might be drawn ever closer to Him.

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for touching our hearts and minds with the reality of Your gracious love, mercy, and kindness.  Help us to be eager learners of Your Word, and properly appreciative of the blessings of Your instruction.  Keep our ears open and listening that we might always enjoy Your fitly spoken Word.  Amen.