From the Archives: Do You Trust Me?

From the Archives: Do You Trust Me?
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The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, observing the wicked and the good. (Proverbs 15:3, HCSB)

As I was reading the opening verses of Proverbs 15, I noticed that verse 3 seemed out of context. I've learned over the years that when something in the Bible appears to be out of place, it's usually worth digging into it to find out why. God puts these little clues for us to find so that we dig deeper. And that can generate a conversation with God about what we're looking for or finding, which means we're spending more time with our Father in his Word.

In Proverbs 15, verses 1, 2, and 4 all had to do with the tongue, our speech. But verse 3 wasn't about us or our tongues at all. Here's the full text, so you can see what I mean:

1 A gentle answer turns away anger,
but a harsh word stirs up wrath.

2 The tongue of the wise makes knowledge attractive,
but the mouth of fools blurts out foolishness.

3 The eyes of the Lord are everywhere,
observing the wicked and the good.

4 The tongue that heals is a tree of life,
but a devious tongue breaks the spirit.

Notice that verse 3 doesn't seem to fit in with the others? As I was talking with God about it and reflecting on the passage, God spoke in my thoughts: Do you trust me?

Suddenly I saw what God wanted me to understand. God is everywhere. He sees everything. He's watching over us, and he will handle things. I don't need to use my tongue to speak harshly, manipulate the conversation, blurt out my foolish thoughts, or stir the pot because I'm not getting my way. I need to trust God enough to let him take care of things. I need to use my tongue to speak encouragement, wisdom, and life.

The extent to which I trust God to see everything and deal with it his way is the extent to which I can stop using my mouth as a hammer or a wedge and start using it honorably.