Choose Your Words Wisely [Isaiah 55:11 Daily Devotional]
What is Isaiah 55:11 about?
Words are important. What you say – what I say – has an impact that reaches far beyond what we realize. According to the language in this verse, each word is an investment, and each investment has its own return. In the case of God in this passage, that investment always comes back with a positive return by accomplishing the purpose he sent it to accomplish. We need to think of it the same way. Are our words returning to us empty? Is there a negative return on our investment? Are the words we speak accomplishing what we intended? Or are they falling on deaf ears because we chose the wrong words to convey what we wanted to communicate? Our words matter, so choose them wisely.
Choose Your Words Wisely
In order to choose your words wisely, you first need to be aware of what you’re saying. Many times people will just ramble on and on, but I think it’s important to pause every now and then to check in with how you normally talk. I know it seems crazy, but sometimes I’ll run through conversations I had to make sure I didn’t say anything I didn’t mean. I encourage you to do the same. If I know I’m having a particularly hard conversation, I’ll play through a few scenarios in my mind before going into that conversation. This helps me be prepared and alleviates anxiety.
You can also choose your words wisely by studying how Jesus communicated. Our best record of how Jesus communicated is in the Four Gospels. Choose one and read through how Jesus talked to people, and use his tactics starting today.
Jesus, I thank you for the power of words. Though it can be intimidating, I’m thankful for the promise that the words I speak will never return empty but will always have a return. May the words I speak always return to me with a positive return. It’s in your name I pray, amen.