The Omniscience of God: God Knows Our Words. “Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely” (Psalm139: NIV). God knows what we say and He knows it before we say it. The old adage is good, “Think before you speak.” Why? God is listening. The bible has a lot to say about the use of our words. Words can kill or words can save. Words can build up or tear down. Words can be honest or deceitful. Words can salve a wound or open a wound. Words can quench a fire or start a raging inferno. Words can sway a nation politically for good or bad. Words can start wars or end wars. Words can bring blessings or curses.
And in the middle of all those words stands God who knows all our words. It does matter what we say. It does matter the words we choose. It is OK to joke with one another but we need to be careful how we do that. We do not want to injure someone in the name of “fun” or “teasing.” And I will admit that I have probably gone too far in that sometimes. We can injure someone by sharp answers and I will admit that I have done that. And as a Preacher there are undoubtedly times when I should have chosen my words more carefully. But as Christians we should never intentionally choose words to hurt or injure people but rather we should be building up people with our words.
We all need to know that God is listening to our conversations. And with the technology we have today if God were not God I am sure He would be totally exhausted listening to all the communication that goes on today. It seems everywhere you look today, even in the third world, people have a phone in their ear or hand. Words spoken and written fill the universe (like this post). So let us be careful in what we say. Let us build up and not tear down. The Apostle Paul said, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29). Let us praise God and not harm His Kingdom work through our words. God is emphatic that one day we will give account for every word that has ever come out of our mouths. Jesus said, “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:36-37). Let us choose our words carefully because God is listening.