A Fool Vents Everything Devotional

Read This: “When words abound, transgression is inevitable, but the one who restrains his words is wise.” (Proverbs 10:19)

Think: Do you find yourself monopolizing conversations? Cutting others off mid-sentence? Anxiously waiting for someone to hurry up and finish their story so you can share your own? No one wants to be that guy we saw in the video. But truth be told, sometimes we are. We can get so wrapped up in our own drama, we forget that life is really supposed to be about others.

God’s word tells us that too much talking leads to sin. That may sound strange but think about it. When we get caught up in our own conversation, things tend to slip out that shouldn’t—maybe you accidentally shared someone else’s private information or vocalized an opinion that offends a friend. There’s bound to be trouble when our thoughts can’t keep up with our mouths.

More importantly, when we’re talking, we aren’t listening. We can’t hear God’s voice or learn from the wisdom of others. We’re too consumed by what’s going on in our lives or what we can contribute to the conversation that we aren’t sensitive to what God wants to do in our midst. Perhaps that person just needed you to listen, but you missed the chance to be a real friend because you couldn’t stop talking.

It’s not that all talking is bad. There are times when it’s appropriate and important to share how God is working in our lives as well as our struggles. Sometimes we talk because we need encouragement, and sometimes we talk to give encouragement. Either way, the result is always constructive, bringing us closer to God. Speech is a gift; use it wisely.

Ask: Who benefits from your talk?

Pray: Ask God to help you guard your speech and give you the wisdom to know when to speak up and when to keep your mouth shut.