I Samuel 16:18(KJV) Then one of the servants answered and said, “Look, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a mighty man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a handsome person; and the Lord is with him.”
When we are younger, we think we know a lot more than we actually do. And a lot of times we just say things at inappropriate times. But as we get older, hopefully we learn to measure our words. We learn not to always say what we are thinking at times that are inappropriate. We learn there are inside thoughts and outside thoughts. (Some people don’t get this information –ever in their lives.)
It is a good thing to be known as someone who is prudent in speech. That is how David was described, which is a little unusual for a younger man. In (I Samuel 16:18) we read, “Then one of the servants answered and said, ‘Look, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a mighty man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a handsome person; and the Lord is with him” (emphasis added).
Interestingly, “prudent in speech” means weighing things in the mind and forming a judgment. It is thinking about what you say before you say it. Learning this life lesson is imperative for your destiny!
When Jesus was transfigured, Moses and Elijah appeared, talking with Him. Peter, who was there with James and John, blurted out, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah” (Mark 9:5). The next verse gives us this insight: “He did not know what to say, for they were greatly afraid” (verse 6). Today’s message is transformational family of God!
Point to ponder- Have you ever said something when you didn’t know what to say, and you ended up saying something at the wrong time? Today you can begin to make the change necessary to heal this area in your life no matter how old you maybe! Have a great weekend being “Prudent in Speech”.
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Pastor James Baker, Jr.
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