A Word In Due Season
“To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is!” Proverbs 15:23
Have you ever had a conversation with someone that just revived your soul? As if the words spoken penetrated so deeply into you that they breathed life into your very bones?
That life-giving feeling is the effect of a word in season. I had one of those conversations recently.
My husband and our pastor are gone on a mission trip this week, so my pastor’s wife and I had dinner together to fellowship while our husbands are gone. I’m facing some big decisions in the coming days that have been weighing heavily on my heart, so I shared some of those things with her during our meal. As she listened, she counseled me with scripture and personal experience.
How good were her words! So much richer, so much more satisfying than the delicious mexican food we were having. I left her that night feeling full, not only physically but emotionally and spiritually as well. I had feasted on the life-giving words of truth that come from God’s word only.
I appreciated that she shared scripture with me first before sharing anecdotal evidence. I find that we often turn first to our own opinions and experiences when in conversation with others before we offer God’s word, if we even do. I see this scenario occur all too often on social media. We are quick to reveal intimate details of our personal lives so that we can receive corroboration and sympathetic replies from like-minded friends. I can’t help but wonder how much good fruit these conversations yield, marred by the fallenness of our flesh.
Yet, when we relate to one another through the lens of scripture, we breathe life into our hearts. This experience is a mutual benefit, as the writer of Proverbs states so well. It brings joy to the one giving the words, and how good they are to the one receiving them. Other translations of this verse call it a timely word. Scripture is timely, it’s relevant, it’s applicable to our lives every day. As Paul says, it is “breathed out by God and profitable” (2 Timothy 3:16).
The same breath that first penetrated the lungs of humanity and gave us life is instilled in the word of God. Let it dwell in you richly, then share it with others (Colossians 3:16). Breathe deeply in the life-giving word of God. How good it is.