This passage is so good for two main reasons; 1) good words and 2) deeds that return.
We read that words matter. Choosing and using good words, fruitful ones are so important. God has given us the cognitive ability to choose what we think about. Unlike the animals, running on instinct and reaction, we have the freedom to do good or evil, to respond to a situation. To shape it by how we interpret it. Yes reality matters and so does attitude, and the words, the self-talk, and other-talk which results.
Do you think about what you think about?
Do you think twice and speak once?
Are your words good and edifying or laced with negativity, slander, excuse and profanity?
Good words and their attached thoughts are not enough though. We need to carry them through to action; to deeds.
This scripture is laden with the GOLDEN RULE. That deeds return. So let’s make them good ones or not at all. It promises that ‘the deeds of a man’s hands’ AKA his work will return to him. It promotes the concept of he who is diligent in his endeavors will reap an according harvest. Not always, not immediately but sooner or later, what goes around – comes around.
The pontifical Benjamin Franklin is quoted to have said, “God helps those who help themselves”. I further say, “God helps most those who help others with meaningful deeds while living to glorify God”.
LORD, lead me in Thy ways this very day. If you give me a tomorrow, the same. In a way with words and deeds that makes You smile.
Help me to speak fruitful words and produce good works. I realize working in my own strength will deliver limited, if any, results. Certainly nothing that carries into eternity apart from You. Help me to by a multiplier. To abide by You exponentially.