Proverbs 25:11 A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
Suppose someone gave you a handful of $10 bills that you were to give out during the day to people that you interacted with. It’s safe to say that the people who received the money would notice and be pleased. They’d probably look forward to seeing you again on the chance you had more money to hand out.
Now suppose the Lord let you know that there would be included in your day, several people that you met that had a specific need for $10, that they were praying about. Or possibly they would have a need for the $10 shortly after receiving it. In both cases, their blessing would be far greater than just receiving a $10 gift. They would have the opportunity to recognize that it was a specific provision for a specific need – an answer to prayer. If they did see that, they would likely glorify God for His provision in addition to being grateful for your kindness.
The words that we speak can have a similar impact. They can bring blessing and provision to those around us. Think of the people we work or interact with. Do we recognize the kindnesses they do and do we say thank you? Do we ever acknowledge the good work that people do? When we are in conversations that start going in an unrighteous direction, do we gracefully speak words that redirect the conversation?
Think of the opportunities we have to show interest in others – in helping them with their problems or tasks. The insight we offer might be the missing ingredient they’re looking for. Proverbs 15:23 adds this insight, “Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!” If we are in the middle of a chore, think of the blessing of someone seeing us and saying, “Let me help you with that.” Or as I’ve written earlier about my problem getting the weed-whacker started. Wouldn’t it have been helpful if someone came up – saw the situation and said, “It might help to turn the switch on!”?
Maybe our words trigger something in their memory enabling them to recall what they need. Sometimes people are just in need of an encouraging word. Remember, it’s not just us. We are God’s hands extended. He wants to minister life through us that blesses and draws others to Him. We need to pray that the Lord will open our eyes and ears to see the many opportunities that surround us where we can bring blessing through the words we speak and the kindness we show.