Have you ever driven by a forest that has been burned? It’s usually a scene of utter devastation. The blackened, charred trees that were once green with life now are ruined. All of the plants and grass are wilted and dried up. The smell is a stench to the nostrils. It is very unpleasant and offensive. All of the wildlife and beautiful birds are gone. What happened to this beautiful forest and all the life in it? It was a thing of beauty, peaceful, and serene. It only took one little spark to wreak death and devastation to that which was once alive and vibrant.
Most of us would drive by, shake our heads, and not give it a second thought. Others would talk about it with concern about the environmental impact. Some would ride by, turn their heads and ignore it. There would be some who would receive instruction and wisdom about life after viewing such a scene.
Solomon, the wisest man to whom God gave a heart of understanding, wrote about receiving instruction from what he saw.
~Proverbs 24: 30-34 reads: I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding. Lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered its surface, and the stone wall there of was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest. So shall thy poverty come.
The Bible is our road map and guide on how we should live our lives and speak our words. Like the charred forest our words can spark death, devastation, despair, discord, discouragement, and destruction.
~Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Let us choose the fruit of life as we communicate with our family, friends, and fellow man. God help us speak words of encouragement, peace, love, blessing, and life.
~ Ricky Robinson
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