"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit." Proverbs 18:21
Boy, words are powerful, for good or evil. And we're talking spoken and written words, heard words too (not sure if that is technically right but the words you hear are powerful to your life). Last night I was at my Created to Create Writers Group where share things we have written recently, then give each other encouragement and criticism. We talked about how much power is in the written word. It will change hearts.
I want to share a story with you from 2 Kings 2. It is about the prophet Elisha. He was Elijah's servant and took Elijah's place when God brought Elijah home. Elisha asked for a double-portion of Elijah's spirit and he got it. And there was power in his words big-time.
Here's 2 Kings 2:23-24:
"Then (Elisha) went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up by the way, young lads came out from the city and mocked him and said to him, 'Go up, you baldhead; go up, you baldhead!'
"When he looked behind him and saw them, he cursed them in the name of the LORD. Then two female bears came out of the woods and tore up forty-two lads of their number. And he went from there to Mount Carmel, and from there he returned to Samaria."
I read this story to my husband this morning. We had two entirely different reactions to this story. I thought to myself, Wow, that's kind of harsh. The mob of kids made fun of Elisha so they were attacked by bears. I thought maybe he should have just ignored them. It is quite sobering to think that if we are careless with cursing others we might be behind their destruction.
My husband's comment was this: you don't mess with God's prophet.
Both are right. And wow, what diffferent perspectives. What he said was true. We aren't to mess, make fun of, ridicule God's prophets. These days we might not know if someone is God's prophet or not. So, just in case, don't ridicu
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