A word fitly spoken is like apples of
gold in settings of silver.
I thought I knew where I was going with the talk, and then I looked up the meaning of the word 'fitly', from the Hebrew that the Old Testament was written in. And that threw a kink in my carefully crafted outline. The word 'fitly' in Hebrew is ophen (Oh-fen), and its meaning is to revolve, as in a wheel. A word revolving spoken?? A word like a wheel from the mouth spoken?? I had to scratch my head at that one. This made no sense to me. I researched more, finding a reference in Ezekiel in which the same Hebrew word is used, but is translated wheel. It didn't help much. For several days, I thought, discussed it with others, but still I was puzzled.
Then I went out for a winter walk. A lovely winter walk in which my only companions were my thoughts and my shadow. Narry a living being to be seen or heard. I was not walking briskly, I was sauntering, thinking, praying. My shadow was amusing me...(later blog on that!), and because I was so amused by my shadow ( I know...really Robin...amused by your own shadow??!) But I was, and because I was, I was observing the road and the sides of the road more carefully. And then I noticed something. I saw a wheel in the drainage ditch, half buried in the water, which surprisingly enough was not frozen. The wheel - an old discarded bent bicycle wheel- had water running over it. Water moving through the wheel from point A to point B. And then I had my eureka moment. I knew why the word 'fitly', which means to revolve like a wheel was used in Proverbs 25: 11.
A wheel, let's just use a water wheel for an example, a water wheel picks up the water, moves it around, and then deposits it, so that it can go on it's way. It doesn't keep the water, it uses it to generate energy, and then passes the water on, for other uses down stream. Likewise we Christians pick up or take in God's words, use the power of the word of God to change us, to transform us into the new man, focused not on self, or this world, but focused on spiritual things. Like the water wheel we are not to selfishly keep the very thing that has the power to transform us, we are to pass it along. We are to use our words, sharing with others that life giving word, that life changing word.
So a fitly spoken word is just like a wheel. The words revolve: from Jesus who was called the WORD, to the written word of God we have in our Bibles, into our hearts where the Word is able to do it's work of transforming us, and then finally those words revolve or move from our heart, from our mouth to others. That is what a fitly spoken word does. It moves the word of God. Just like a wheel moves things.
This does not mean we go around just quoting scripture, 24/7. It means we use the wisdom we have learned from applying the word of God to our lives, and also use God's words to encourage, edify, forgive, and even gently admonish. If we do this, we are using fitly spoken words and giving grace to the hearer. Like apples of gold in setting of silver-our words - His words- will be desirable to the hearer, as God intended them to be.
For those reading this that will be attending the 2014 Ladies Get Away, this is just a sneak peak of what God has placed on my heart. I suppose I am giving away the 'punch' line, but there's lots more good stuff. If you live in Indiana or surrounding states, you might want to come on over. Just click on the blue highlighted words for details.
In the meantime, I will be working on my slideshow and being amused by my shadow!