In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury. ~ Proverbs 14:23
Hmm, I’m noticing a pattern here! The last three days, I’ve noticed the verses that are about words. So, now you know: I have a problem with talking too much. Thanks for bearing with me.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, it is true that some words are worth more than money can buy. Words that praise God, encourage fellow man or instruct in wisdom are valuable words indeed. And we cannot forget the precious words of prayer. But this verse is contrasting labor and talk. Which is worth more? Telling someone you care, or showing them? Saying you will do a good job, or doing it? Blabbing about what you know, putting that knowledge to use helping others?
Today, the world surely runneth over with words. Social media has run amuck in many ways. That’s not to say that it cannot be used for good. At least, I hope it can! Facebook and blogging are two ways that I stay connected with friends and family far away. But with every asset, there is some form of liability. It’s so easy now for everyone to voice an opinion without having to back it up in real life. After all, the Internet allows for a great deal of anonymity. But the Lord can see it all, and He knows if we’re all talk or not. For the most part, words are empty unless backed up by a life of work, diligence, faithfulness and honesty.
Talk is cheap, but actions are priceless.