Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time! – (Proverbs 15:23, NLT)
People are happy when they give a good answer. And there is nothing better than the right word at the right time. – (Proverbs 15:23, ERV)
There is great joy in having the right answer, and how sweet is the right word at the right time! – (Proverbs 15:23, VOICE)
The right words at the right time are a gift from God that come when we are sensitive to His leading and choosing to love. There is joy in it for both the speaker and the hearer, and peace in knowing that what has been spoken has been done from a heart that has His very best in mind. So often, God will use those around us to convey that which He wants us to hear. A word of encouragement, correction, exhortation or affirmation – each is well received when it is delivered in love at the time that it is needed most. May we have hearts that are tender and ears that are open, so we are willing to speak what He places in our hearts, and hear that which is spoken for our benefit.
May we each find joy,
In knowing what’s right;
Through words that we speak,
And hear with delight.
For God knows our need,
He longs to lift up;
Grant us words to speak,
That fill others cups.
And in the same way,
God gives unto us;
Words that encourage,
Hope when we’re hopeless.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when we pursue Your heart in all that we do, You provide the answers that we seek. Thank You that You give us the right words to speak at the right time when we depend on You for wisdom. Forgive us for speaking without listening, or ignoring words of wisdom spoken unto us. Teach us to trust You more, as You provide the answers that we are seeking, if only we slow down and listen for Your voice. Show us how to love those around us well, and give us the words that encourage and build them up, and point them to the path that leads to You. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we listen for Your voice and speak what You place on our hearts so that there may be joy in the answers that You provide. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
I listen carefully to what God the Lord is saying, for He speaks peace to His faithful people… – Psalm 85:8