Test Words!

Job 12:11 is a great example of some of the good advice this godly man has to offer us: “Does not the ear test words, as the palate tastes its food?” It SHOULD — but unfortunately that is not always the case!

Job reminds us that we do not eat everything that is set before us. We taste it to see if it is good, and worth consuming. He says we should do the same with the words we hear. We should not merely accept & believe everything; rather we should “test words”, as to their veracity, and their faithfulness to the word of God.

Unfortunately many fail to do this today — even among the people of God. We uncritically accept too much of what is handed to us by our government. We accept whatever is proclaimed to us from the pulpit, even if it is not grounded in the word of God. We love “Christian” songs because they are “catchy” even if they are not scriptural. We nod in approval at what is shared in testimonies whether they are consistent with the Bible or not; believe whatever is told to us by our friends without discretion — and on and on.

The Bible says we are not to be like children, believing everything we hear or read. I Thessalonians 5:21 says; “Examine everything carefully. Hold fast to that which is good.” You don’t eat everything just because it is “food”; you taste it first. Job says you should do the same thing with what you hear: let your ears “test words.”

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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