• William T. Howe Ph.D.

June 9, 2021

Daily Reading: Job 29-31

Job 31:40

Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.

The final response of Job to his friends lasted 6 chapters of his book, from 26:1-31:40. Job is heard from again, but in response to God's charge, not Bildad, Zophar, or Eliphaz. This long response is actually a long parable. When finished it simply states that The words of Job are ended. These were not his last living words, but for a while today, let's consider the last words we will speak on earth.

The problem is, as you will readily agree, is that most of us do not know when, where, or to whom our last living words will be spoken. Surely as King David attested, so do we all live; he said ...there is but a step between me and death (I Samuel 20:3). No one knows when they kiss their loved one goodbye in the morning if they will see them in the evening. No one knows of a certainty when they say goodnight, that they will say good morning again.

Therefore, our last words may be at any time, on any day, and to anyone. Therefore again, every conversation should be considered as possibly the last conversation with that person. Meaning, carefully choose the words, the message, and the memories you want to leave with a person, if it is the last time you will ever speak.

Someone once said, "Be careful of the words you use, for you just might have to eat them." Many times the ones to whom we speak the worst are those closest to us. It would be a shame to end a life-long conversation with a loved one with hateful, or insensitive words. When considering the words and the nature in which they are used I often consider Proverbs 25:11. A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. To be quite frank, I have no idea what this means, for to me it is simply poetic. While I don't understand the nature of the verse, it sure paints a picture, doesn't it? This is how I would like my last words to be received, like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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