Before entering the promised land, God told Joshua: "Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged.." (Joshua 1:9). But why did God say that? Would he ever say something that didn't need to be said? Does God waste words? Of course not. So obviously Joshua was terrified and discouraged – He needed to hear this from God.
Have you ever pondered the fact that God doesn't waste words? He tells you exactly what you need to hear, when you need to hear it – and never tells you something you don’t need to hear. And we should do the same for others.
Has anyone ever told you: “Don’t waste your breath”? And yet how often do we waste our breath – saying something that someone else does not need to hear? Something that we want them to hear, but is it life-giving and encouraging and full of truth? And on the flip side, how often do we miss opportunities, or even worse, how often do we fail by choice to tell others what they do need to hear? If our spouse or child or coworker is having a rough day, are we too consumed with self to offer encouragement? Do we lament, “But I've had a rough day, too!" The examples could be endless, couldn’t they?
The truth is: God never wastes his breath. Let’s make this a goal in our relationships – fully submitting to the power of the Holy Spirit to bring it about – to the glory of God and for the spreading of His gospel.