Then Reuben spoke to his father, “You may put my two sons to death if I do not bring Benjamin back to you; put him in my care, and I will return him to you.” Genesis 42:37 (AMP)
Today’s devotion is all about speaking without considering what the consequences. While speaking boldly in front of people may feel powerful and influential, the content of what we give life to through our utterance far outweighs the temporal feeling which is motivated by a haughty spirit. Peter, thee disciple of Jesus Christ could boldly testify the soundness of this through his denial of Christ Jesus.
The bible is packed with scripture verses warning us about using our tongue wisely because most often than not we could hardly fulfil our vows to each other not to mention to the Lord and we lack. The consequences which follow, we lack to character to take responsibility of the consequences of our words.
Remember as it is written in Proverbs 18:21 (AMP)
Life and death are in the power of our tongue, and those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.
Jesus, the Messiah warns us about this in Matthew 5: 33-34 (AMP) “Again, you have heard that it was said to the men of old, ‘You shall not make false vows, but you shall fulfill your vows to the Lord [as a religious duty].’ But I say to you, do not make an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God; or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you are not able to make a single hair white or black. But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’ [a firm yes or no]; anything more than that comes from the evil one.
Clearly Reuben did not understand this, he even when ahead to offer his two sons to be killed if he does not bring Benjamin back to his father. Reuben was the first born and it is no doubt that loss of Joseph weighed heavy on his heart. He meant to save Joseph from the well he was thrown into however he didn’t, he wasn’t even present while his brother’s sold him into slavery.
Now Reuben [unaware of what had happened] returned to the pit, and [to his great alarm found that] Joseph was not in the pit; so he tore his clothes [in deep sorrow]. He rejoined his brothers and said, “The boy is not there; as for me, where shall I go [to hide from my father]?”Genesis 37:29-30
While the works of the flesh may mean well, it is better to depend on the Lord for wisdom. Worship the Lord and ask Him for guidance and wisdom, He is faithful and He will always guide His lovers. The wisest King of Israel, the son of David has something to say about his this issue of much talk.
Do you see a [conceited] man who speaks quickly [offering his opinions or answering without thinking]? There is more hope for a [thick headed] fool than for him. Proverbs 29:20 (AMP).
Other than the story of Peter denying Jesus Christ l. There is another interesting story in the bible in Judges 11 where a man named Jephthah made a vow to the Lord, he said that “If You will indeed give the Ammonites into my hand, then whatever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me when I return in peace from the Ammonites, it shall be the Lord’s, and I will offer it up as a burnt offering.” (see Judges 11:30-31). Upon a successful battle because of the Lord, as he returned back home, maybe he thought he would see his herd first but unfortunately his only child, his daughter came out to meet him with tambourines and with dancing. And so she had to be the sacrifice,she preserved her virginity all the days of her life. We should watch our words before we give our utterances.
• Proverbs 29:20 (AMP)