“God said, Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3).
God opens His Book speaking words that built up an empty planet. How often do I do that? Man, our words can destroy or they can create.
After seeing much active combat, a soldier returned to join in a high school reunion. He pulled out a sheet of notebook paper he carried everywhere through the decades. The writing on this tattered page came from a project the students’ teacher had initiated, asking each student to write something positive about every other classmate. After he tearfully presented this page to his old friends, one by one they began to pull out their own brag sheets and show each other they had kept it all those years.
Creative words stick with a person. I wonder about my kids. Have I said something they will treasure for life? Or have I allowed my bad mood to rob them of joy? Following God’s example, I must speak light into their darkness. Just as God filled the oceans with living creatures, my words should cause my wife to “team with life” in the midst of her dark seas.
Those other words—destructive, degrading, discouraging words—come too easily to my lips. Sometimes not talking at all can be a crime. Man, I have to be a builder, not a wrecking ball. God did not fuss and fume for seven days about the darkness on the globe. He spoke light. I can whine and complain about the bike in the driveway, the socks on the bathroom floor, or the delayed laundry. Or I can speak order into the chaos of this little universe I call home.
Speaking of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul said He washes His bride with His word (Ephesians 5:26). Then, he tells us that we men ought to do the same for our wives (5:28). Women get scarred by all kinds of things. The previous men in her life may have spoken words of damnation to her. They could have destroyed her morale, her morals, and deconstructed her self-image. A godly husband has to restore, rebuild, and speak meaning into the life of the woman—and children—God has given him.
Death and violence fills the mouths of godless men. Godly words give life. We should form, not deform, with our words. Reshape someone’s universe today.