Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.
Today’s verse is a clear cut warning. The writer, Koheleth, warns ,whenever you are praying or simply speaking with God (which is also a prayer), against speaking carelessly and/or making impetuous declarations. You may not even think God is listening or paying attention, but He is always listening especially when you are at the house of God as noted in verse one Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.
Numbers 30:2 tells us how important this is When a man makes a vow to the LORD or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said. At the center of all this the Lord wants anything spoken from our hearts to be true and real worship – worshipping Him. In Jeremiah 7 He expresses great anger at those who words are empty, who think their empty rituals will bring them to safety.
9 “‘Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, 10 and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, “We are safe”—safe to do all these detestable things? 11 Has this house, which bears my Name, become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching! declares the Lord.
Examples abound in the Old Testament as well as the New Testament of empty rituals resulting in His great anger and disgust. What He wants instead is to hear us speaking seriously, fervently, humbly from the heart when addressing Him. After all as the end of verse two above God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. Jesus in Matthew 6:7-8 says very much the same “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”
It’s Friday and I hope you have a Great Weekend, keeping in mind our heavenly Father knows what we need before we ask Him. What we need most is to understand our need for forgiveness and He gave us that gift through the sacrifice of His Son on the cross for our sins. All we have to do is accept this Free Gift of Grace, repent, and follow His Son.
With this in mind, remember to Go To Church this weekend, spend some time in your Bible, time in prayer, time in fellowship. Tired, worn down by your sins? Jesus says in Matthew 11
28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.