The other day I read Ecclesiastes during my morning devotional time. I came across the following verses (5:1) “As you enter the house of God, keep your ears open and your mouth shut! Don’t be a fool who doesn’t realize that mindless offerings to God are evil. And don’t make rash promises to God, for he is in heaven, and you are only here on earth. So let your words be few.”
Sometimes we talk too much. No, I’m not referring to passing notes or carrying on full conversations during a sermon (though I’m sure that applies somewhere here). I’m talking about how we that believe the world revolves around us and that what we say/believe/think is important/meaningful/true. I mean, when you really consider the fact that God is in heaven and we’re not, it puts things back in perspective. Suddenly my great, lofty ideas become silly. Do I really think that I have any right or ability to tell God how to act/react to my situation (that I probably got myself into by the way)? Do I really believe that I’m doing God a favor by spending time worshiping Him or praying to Him?
Too many people (including myself) spend too much time making empty promises and requests to God when they should be closing theirs mouths and listening. I wonder what would happen if we listened more and spoke less. Maybe we’d hear from Him and figure some things out so we wouldn’t have to open our mouths and ask Him to get us out of a bind later.