Psalm 33:6–15 ‘By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. (v6)

Speeches are powerful and have moved the hearts of people throughout history, even changing their course. All existence begins with God. With words, He shaped creation from nothing, demonstrating power, and the ability to do something. 

God continues to speak creatively. Many voices criticise God but He refuses to silence them, for He isn’t just the source of speech but committed to free speech. I have been guilty of the seven deadly sins of speech identified by communications specialist, Julian Treasure.

I’ve gossiped, been negative, complained (a lot), made excuses for myself, exaggerated or lied when it suited, usually to get me out of trouble and been dogmatic, confusing facts with my strong opinions.

Only after life went seriously wrong and I lost my career path, did I observe my truly appalling communication style, both in speaking to myself and others. Increasingly cynical, I victimised myself and my friends melted away. 

Everyone needs hope, whose source is God. We easily become broadcasters of gloom and despondency, where faith is hard to find. Changing direction is hard, for habits once formed demand a disciplined response to breaking. 

In following God we learn to speak positively, with some slippage whenever the blues grab us. We start to find God in every moment, acknowledging His unseen presence.

When we put a smile on another’s face, God causes us to smile too. Changing our perception changes our behaviour; our own and others. Like God’s, our words have the power to create a highway of hope in the wilderness.


Ps. 19:12–14; Prov. 15:1–7; Matt. 15:3–11; Eph. 4:29–32


God gives us free speech. How will you choose to use your voice in God’s service?


‘Lord, may my words cause others to smile and find hope in the wilderness of life. Amen.’

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Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.