Daily Devotion Wednesday, September 4

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 – Psalm 46; 1 Kings 9:24-10:13; James 3:1-12 and Mark 15:1-11

James 3:1-12 – How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! 6And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell. 7For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, 8but no one can tame the tongue — a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God.

It’s interesting today how the scriptures show how the tongue can build up or destroy In the reading from 1 King’s we hear how all that God had done through Solomon was told to the Queen of Sheba and how impressed she was. In the Gospel reading we hear how the tongue was used to utter lies about Jesus and stir up the crowds and our Lord was silent for he knew there wasn’t anything he could say to change what was going to happen to him.

1 Kings 9:24-10:13 – 1When the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, (fame due to the name of the LORD), she came to test him with hard questions.

Mark 15:1-11 – 1As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. 2Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” He answered him, “You say so.” 3Then the chief priests accused him of many things. 4Pilate asked him again, “Have you no answer? See how many charges they bring against you.” 5But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.

Today, I’m going to try to pay special attention to how I use my tongue and use words to either build up or destroy. What I find is that when I am really stressed, when I’m tired, this is when I have to really watch what I say. It is in these times that often it’d be best for me to be silent.

My prayer today is this; O Lord, may the words of my mouth and the words that I write” be glorifying of you and a help to others. Amen.

Psalm 46 – God IS our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble. …

10 “Be still, and know that I am God!

11 The Lord of hosts IS with us;
the God of Jacob IS our refuge.

I also plan today to find time to be still and know that God IS with me. May you as well find time to be still and know that God IS with you and is your ultimate refuge and strength.

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