December 10 / 100 WORDS


Today's Reading: Ecclesiastes 4-6

Key Verse: Ecclesiastes 5:2

Do not be rash with your mouth,

And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God.

For God is in heaven, and you on earth;

Therefore, let your words be few.

Ecclesiastes is part of what is known as "Wisdom Literature."  In Nelson Mandela's book, Conversations with Myself, he wrote of his Spirit being free during his time in prison. He said "It is only my flesh and blood that are shut up behind these tight walls."  According to some of those who visited Mandela in prison, he read his Bible daily. No doubt he read the words of our key verse about "words."  After emerging from prison, he seemed to be much wiser with his words. Thousands of hours in a private and secret place can develop wisdom, given the right reading material.

Another wise prisoner, John Bunyan, wrote Pilgrims Progress during his time in prison in 1678. The word "vanity" appears eight times in today's Bible reading, and Bunyan writes of two men, Christian and Faithful, who visit a place called "Vanity Fair."  The people there lived only for the here and now with its glamour and glitz, and they mocked the visitors for their desire to journey to the "Celestial City."


Lord God, we pray that we would have wisdom in the words we speak, reflecting the fact that we've spent time with You…even during difficult, prison-like seasons in our lives. We pray this in the Name of Jesus. Amen!

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