“The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death.” (Proverbs 14:27)
Solomon who said “The law of the wise is a fountain of life” also says “fear of the Lord is a fountain of life.” When both are combined it is clear that the law of the wise and fear of the Lord will relieve you from the snare of death. Most of the time, the prime cause for people to get stuck in the snares of death are their mouth and the tongue. “A fool’s mouth is his destruction and his lips are the snares of his soul.” (Proverbs 18:7).
One day I saw an art hanging on the walls of a home. In it, a fish was moving fast with an open mouth towards a worm placed in a fishing rod. The writing below the picture read “The fish could have escaped the snare if it had not opened its mouth.”
When David prayed to God, he pleaded “Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth;
keep watch over the door of my lips.” (Psalm 141:3). Watchmen and security guards are posted to protect the homes. But protection for the soul is more essential. “Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles. (Proverbs 21:23).
My father had written certain points and had placed it opposite to his office table. There were around twenty points in it. “Do not speak; if you want to speak, speak shortly, speak with wisdom, speak according to God’s advice, speak the promises of God, and speak serenely and so on. I have seen my father following all these instructions.
Two robbers were also made to hang on the cross along with Jesus Christ. One robber mocked Christ and talked to him. He had to reach the hell. The other robber pleaded “Lord, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” This enabled him to go to the hade along with Christ. Your words will either take you to the hell or to the heaven.
The words of Christ in him are yes and in him Amen. He spoke the truth as truth and untruth as untruth. He never felt sad over what he had said and never took back his words. The soldiers came to arrest him but the attraction of his words made them err. He spoke with love. He spoke with authority too. When condemnation required He never failed to condemn.
You can protect your mouth from snare and death as well if you speak with the fear that God is watching and listening what you speak. Thos who do not fear God will speak as they like But you should speak words only which could bring glory to God
To meditate: “for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you” (Mathew 10:20)