“The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.” Isaiah 50:4
Coming to the conclusion of this three-part mini-series, we see the importance of filling ourselves with the right words so that in return we will be able to speak the right words when the time comes.
In part one, we covered “the tongue of the learned,” and here we see the focus is on the “ear to hear as the learned.” While the tongue’s job is to speak the right words, the ear’s job is to focus on hearing the right words. One can never pour out of themselves what they are not taking in. A healthy lifestyle will not evolve from eating junk all day. It will only come by way of discipline to make sure the body is receiving good so that it can put out that which is also good.
In an article titled Watch What You Eat!, I wrote:
“What we put into our body matters. The foods we eat can either help or hinder our health. Sometimes, in our house, we stop at fast food restaurants to eat, but it is not an everyday occurrence. I value what goes in my body. Is every food choice the best choice? No, but I try to make it a point to have the majority of what I eat to be of nutritional value; to be something that will build me up and not tear me down.
Our spiritual lives work in the same manner. We are what we eat, spiritually. If all that we ever digest is the negatives of this world then we are robbing our spirit of the vital nutrients that can increase our awareness and spiritual health. The Bible says, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God,” (Rom. 10:17). What we assimilate in our being is what will be produced in our spirit and in our lives.”
And Jesus knew this very well. He did not allow just anything to dominate His hearing. Our chosen verse above focuses on this by saying, “he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.” It was a daily thing for Jesus to have His ear tuned into the Father’s mouth, to hear what He has to say, and express the very words He “learned.”
Many words came into the hearing of our Lord, but that doesn’t mean He was tuned in to them. Every voice wasn’t welcomed into His space. Every conversation wasn’t one He joined. Jesus knew, and we know that every message and every voice we allow to take up space in us is something that will fill us with positive or negative potential (click here for more).
Who are we listening to daily? What words are filling our hearts, minds, and world?
When people diet to gain a healthier lifestyle they know that there are going to be restrictions on what they can and cannot have. We cannot be positive, being filled with negatives. We cannot be supportive, being filled with hatred. We cannot be loving, being filled with evil thoughts.
Stand guard against what you allow to be fed into your hearing. For what enters your hearing enters your thoughts, and what enters your thoughts affects the spirit man. Today, make a conscientious effort to tune in to what God is saying through His Spirit and through His Word and tune out anything negative that speaks against His truth. Let Him be your spiritual earplugs (click here for more).
It may seem overwhelming to learn to speak like Jesus in this manner. But, if we take everything into consideration and then look at what James taught in his book: “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:” (James 1:19), following this, may help us to learn to have an ear as the Servant (Jesus), and be able to speak with words of grace (Ephesians 4:29).
In these three parts of study, important lessons were learned about the way Jesus spoke. The way He spoke was governed by how He valued words and chose to use them carefully and in a healthy manner that was God-honoring. Jesus also used His words with intentionality and purpose. Never a stray word got away from Him. And in this third part, Jesus was able to speak the right things because He tuned into the right things, He tuned into God. His tongue was learned because His ear was learned.
Our words are powerful! They can be used to hurt or to heal; to edify or to tear down. We are encouraged to choose life with the words that we speak. It is up to us to take the high road and control what is coming out of our mouths. If we need help, we can pray the prayer of the psalmist and say, “Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips” (Ps. 141:3).
This three-part mini-series is adapted from a Sunday School Lesson I previously published titled 4 Ways to Use Words Better. You can click on that link if you are looking for a deeper study on this topic.
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