6 Solomon went up to the bronze altar before the Lord in the tent of meeting and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it.

7 That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”

8 Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. 9 Now, Lord God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. 10 Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

Wow! What an amazing leader! Here’s a guy who could have had anything he wanted, and he asked for wisdom to lead God’s people. And not only does God give him wisdom but he gives him wealth, possessions and honor. 


Solomon is known as the wisest man to ever live and in Proverbs he mentions the use of the tongue or speech all throughout the writings. This should show us how important what we say really is. 

The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly. - Proverbs 15:2

Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble. - Proverbs  21:23

There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment. - Proverbs 12:18-19

From the fruit of a man's mouth his stomach is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. - Proverbs 18:20-21

That last one…That one is huge!  What we say holds the power of life and death? Absolutely. And this is something God is teaching me. He is teaching me to constantly be mindful of what I say and how I say it. Now, I don’t get it right all the time, but I’m learning. I’m learning to speak life into my marriage, when tension occurs. I’m learning to speak life into my kids lives, even when they disobey. I’m learning to speak life into the person that drives 35 in 55 on a one lane road.


Something I’ve noticed when I do get it right, when I start to speak life into situations, the enemy starts to run. The words I say have the power to smack the anger, the frustration, the annoyance right in the face.


But also when I get it wrong, the words I say have the power to fuel the very thing that I’m called to fight against. 


So what does it mean to speak life? It means praise, gratitude, encouragement, and validation. It means stop saying what we think and start saying what we hope.


Let’s man up and take a page from Solomon’s playbook and pray for wisdom today. Men of God, let’s pray that God help us tame our tongue.

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