Knowing What to Say


"The Lord God has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned." — Isaiah 50:4


Sometimes it's hard to know what to say to a friend or loved one when tragedy strikes their family. We all know the usual trite lines like "Everything will turn out for the best," or "I'm sorry for your loss." Even though these aren't bad words, they do little to comfort someone in pain.

We are limited in our ability to comfort. We can sympathize with others, but unless we have experienced what they are going through, we cannot feel the depth of their pain or how it is affecting them. It's in these times that we need God's Spirit to help us be a comforter.

Isaiah writes that the Lord gave him a tongue so he would know how to speak the right word to someone who was weary. We can apply this scripture to our own lives and ask God to give us the right word to speak to the one needing comfort. If we allow Him, God will awaken our ears to hear His voice every day. Then we can speak God's words and bring a measure of comfort to a hurting individual. When we give His word to someone, it will be the right one.


Lord, open my ears to hear Your message of hope and speak it to someone in need. Amen.