James 3:4, NIV
Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.
In James 3, it compares the tongue to a rudder of a ship. Even though the tongue is a small part of the body, it’s steering your life. What you’re saying is determining which direction you go. The good news is, you have control over your tongue. The next time you’re tempted to say something negative about yourself, your future, your children, or your finances, zip it up. Don’t steer toward defeat.
Are you sending your words out in the direction you want your life to go? The psalmist David says, “God will crown the year with a bountiful harvest, even the hard places will overflow with abundance.” You can go around saying, “This year looks like another tough year,” or you can say, “Father, thank You that even in a famine, even in a downturn, I am favored. Thank You that You’re not limited by my circumstances or the economy. Thank You that I am prosperous and I will overflow with joy, peace, and strength.” That’s steering your ship toward increase, steering your ship toward overflow.
Prayer for Today
Father, thank You that You created me to use my words to steer my life in a way that’s in agreement with You. Help me to not just zip my lips before I speak words that could harm, but to use my words to edify. I believe that You will help me to speak in a way that leads to victory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.