In the drama which is the book of Job, we can learn a valuable and transforming lesson for ourselves. You will remember that Job had a recurring series of trials and problems, and his three friends were all too ready to come up with reasons for his difficulties.

Yet it was constantly emphasized in the narrative that Job was a good man, and thus his trials could not be the result of sin. But one thing was overlooked, as it often is today, that the laws of life are exact and exacting, and goodness covers a much broader area than those connected with conformity to religious practice.

As the drama goes on, in a moment of despondency the Christ-light begins to shine within Job’s soul and a few wonderful, quiet words of Truth cleared the way for his eventual full acceptance of the power of God within him, the power to help and heal, because they pointed to his true problem, his manner of speaking.

The words that blessed Job were these: “Acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace: Thereby good shall come unto thee. Receive, I pray thee, the law from His mouth and lay up His words in thy heart. If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up . . . and the Almighty will be thy treasure, and precious silver unto thee. For then shalt thou delight thyself in the Almighty and shalt lift up thy face unto God. Thou shalt make thy prayer unto Him, and He will hear thee; and thou shalt pay thy vows. Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee; and light shall shine upon thy ways.” (Job 22:21-28)

The implication of this fruit of Job’s inspiration is so great it opened the way to a complete overcoming for Job. And it can open the way for a transforming experience for you, too, if you grasp its meaning. It concerns the power of the spoken word. Job is told, “Lay up His words in thy heart. . . .”

It points up the Truth that is in the negative use of the spoken word lies the cause of many of the ills and misfortunes of humankind. A cause so simple that many, like Job, look in vain for various causes and thus cannot find any answer to their problems until this inspiration dawns in consciousness that our life and death, our health or sickness, our success or failure, are veritably determined by the content of our speech and our manner of speaking.

Have you ever thought that when you used anxious, worried and negative words all through the day that you are really praying for trouble? Words are prayers. Just think back in the last twenty-four hours and check up on your manner of speech.

One of the most important disciplines in spiritual living is the care and preservation of positive words and speech. And even beyond the positive nature of words is the manner of their speaking. It is often not what we say, but how we say it that counts. You may be striving with all your heart to speak words that express positive thought. But, through force of habit, you may be speaking them with a negative tone.

Work at putting joy and enthusiasm into your voice. Work at making the tone of your voice musically interesting. When you open your mouth to speak, let your speech express you in a positive way. Give voice to your thoughts in a relaxed and friendly manner; speak in agreement with your highest sense of good. Words that come from a heart overflowing with love and a mind filled with the goodness of God are words that bless.

Job couldn’t understand why all these horrible things were happening to him, since he was a good man. Finally it came to him that his problem was his manner of speaking, that he should lay up the words of God in his heart. Ultimately then, “Thou shalt make thy prayer and He shall hear thee,” because your prayer will be your manner of speaking.

Allow the Christ love within you to give shape and substance to your thoughts as they become the words that you speak, words that bless. “Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee; and light shall shine upon thy ways.”

Remember, God is Blessing You, Right Now!

Rev. Alan A. Rowbotham

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