There is this amazing emphasis on words in the Bible, especially in Proverbs 18. Which pretty much crushes the notion that talk is cheap. In some ways, yes, but words can hurt or heal.
But don’t you ever get tired of hearing all the bad? Do you want to hear something encouraging? These verses in Proverbs note how negative talk effects people and promote the importance of positive words.
It’s not asking you to be unaware or dumb to the fact that bad things are taking place. It’s just saying it’s important to hear something good, some time! For a change of pace, tell me something good!
Wise words satisfy like a good meal;
the right words bring satisfaction.
“Silence is golden.” My professor used to always say that in one of my filmmaking classes. In other words, “you don’t have to talk ALL the time!” I really couldn’t agree more. And not just because I don’t talk a lot, but because sometimes there really aren’t words for the situation.
Sometimes I can’t find the words to comfort. Sometimes a comeback is unnecessary. Sometimes, words just won’t get the job done, but silence will.
I was reading Job 13 yesterday, and verse 5 stood out to me:
If only you could be silent!
That’s the wisest thing you could do.
Job had had enough of the accusations and unhelpful speech. He was at a breaking point where nothing anyone could say was going to help. And it just so happened that nothing anyone was saying was helping anyway.
Silence is wisdom when the timing of it is right. So don’t feel bad if you feel like you can’t find the right words. It just might be that no words are right.