Monday, December 30, 2013

James 3:3-10

We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in it's mouth.  And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong.  In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches.  But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire.  And the tongue is a flame of fire.  It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body.  It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.  People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue.  It is restless evil, full of deadly poison.  Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth.  Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!

I have been thinking about this passage for a while now.  My daughter rides horses and it is ironic that such an enormous animal could be controlled by a small girl.  Our tongue is the same way.  This is a good passage for me to keep in mind.  I can do all kinds of things in service to God, but if I can not bridle my tongue, then what good is it?  We do so much damage when we use our tongues carelessly.  Of all of the things that a Christian must do, I would say that to control the tongue is the most difficult.  How can we go to church on Sunday, and then use our tongue so carelessly afterward.  We should use our tongues to build one another up.  This is a task that I am seriously lacking in.  I know all of the God information, but when it comes to controlling my tongue I fall short all too often.  God wants to have dominion over all of us.  He doesn't want us to leave any part of our life outside his control.  When I am careless with my tongue, then I am taking back control of myself from God.  God calls us to be humble and submit to him.  That submission thing is the hardest thing I can imagine.  Sometimes, I think that God is not acting fast enough, or he is not doing the things that I would have him do.  I try to speed up the process.  That is when my tongue gets me into the most trouble.  God has timing.  We can't rush him.  His will is perfect.  It will happen in due time.  I have to keep that in mind.  I have to keep that in mind when I am frantic.  I need to keep that in mind when it feels like my whole life is spinning wildly out of my control.  It may seem to me to be out of control, but God is still on the throne.  God has it all under his control.  I just need to be patient and wait on his timing.  I am not sure when or how, but I know he will.  He has promised to not give us more than we can handle.  The key there is that he gives us all the strength we will need to endure.  I just have to continue to submit myself to him.

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