The words that flow from your mouth are packed with the power to bless or curse. Regardless of your circumstance, remain cognizant of the words you speak. In scripture the Shunammite woman serves as an excellent example for individuals to follow in guarding one’s mouth in the midst of difficulty.
In Shunem there lived a woman who was prominent and influential. When Elisha would pass through the town, the Shunammite woman showed great hospitality by providing a fully furnished dwelling place for him. Mindful of the Shunammite woman’s genuine kindness, Elisha sought to thank and bless her in return.
Gehazi, the servant of Elisha, stated that she had no son and her husband was old. Elisha spoke a blessing over her that changed the course of her life. She conceived and gave birth to a son the following year. Over a period of time the Shunammite woman’s son told his father about a possible headache he was experiencing and was carried to his mother.
The Shunammite woman held her son and then he died. For a parent to witness and experience the death of their child is an indescribable feeling that only God’s grace and comforting power can alleviate them from, but in the midst of pain, fear, depression, anxiety and alarm she was very careful to WATCH HER MOUTH as she sought after the Man of God who declared this promise to her.
The Shumammite woman guarded her mouth as she carried her son and laid him on the bed and shut the door. She guarded her mouth when she requested transportation from her husband to pursue the Man of God. When her husband asked her the purpose of her visit to Elisha, she replied, “It will be all right.”
The Shunammite woman was speaking life into her situation. She guarded her mouth when Gehazi, the servant of Elisha, approached her and questioned her regarding the well-being of herself, her husband and the child, but she answered, “It is well.” Even when she approached Elisha and took hold of his feet, she guarded her mouth and didn’t speak death.
Elisha prayed to the LORD and the Power of God through the willingness of Elisha resulted in the healing of her son.
What a powerful example to follow!
Even in the midst of trials and tribulations guard your lips, speak God’s word, and watch your mouth!
Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.
Peace & God Bless,
Dr. Kennetra A. Bryant
Image from Keith Johnston.