Many are times we find ourselves speaking,either out of emotions eg fear,joy,pain,sorrow etc or even in normalcy where no emotions are raging.Sometimes we speak carelessly ,not considering the effects either short or long term.But we shouldn’t forget that the human tongue has the power to create or destroy,bless or curse,worship or disgrace and for every word uttered we shall be held accountable of it.We know that God being a loving father is a listening God,many are examples where God heard the prayer even before the first word was uttered (eg Isaiah 65:24,Daniel 10:12 etcetera) but in this article we shall learn about incidences where in our normal walkings of life God hears our words ,no matter the context and responds even before someone petitions him.Let us learn from below examples.
When the children of Israel reached Kardesh in the Desert of Paran,under God’s instructions they sent 12 spies and for forty days to spy on the land of Canaan,which they were just about to enter,actually God was just about to give it to them if they simply obeyed and followed his prompts.The land was so good,it followed with milk and honey,evidenced by fruits they brought back but ten out of the 12 spies (apart from Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh ) decided to rebel against God and gave a bad report about the land,this made the people murmur &complain,rebel and think of choosing a leader to take them back to Egypt . It did not only anger God but it invited His justified judgement.Despite the fact that the people were talking with each other God heard them. Numbers 13.”
26 They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. 27 They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. 28 But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.”30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” 32 And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. 33 We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
Any General or commander of a spy unit in a military will tell you that the spy ( scout or reconnoiterer ) is supposed to report the raw facts as they are,no addition nor deduction.This increases chances of precisely understanding,gauging and planning for the enemy.And precisely this is what the 12 spies did,(the Canaanites were strong,but the Israelites had a very all strong God,who would lead and help them conquer),the problem(sin) was in the bad report which the ten went ahead and spread to the assembly,this opened the doors of rebellion.
That night all the members of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. 2 All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! 3 Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” 4 And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”5 Then Moses and Aaron fell facedown in front of the whole Israelite assembly gathered there. 6 Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes 7 and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. 8 If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. 9 Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”10 But the whole assembly talked about stoning them. Then the glory of the Lord appeared at the tent of meeting to all the Israelites. 11 The Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the signs I have performed among them? 20 The Lord replied, “I have forgiven them, as you asked. 21 Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the Lord fills the whole earth, 22 not one of those who saw my glory and the signs I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times— 23 not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their ancestors. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it. 24 But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it. 26 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron: 27 “How long will this wicked community grumble against me? I HAVE HEARD THE COMPLAINTS OF THESE GRUMBLING ISRAELITES. 28 So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I WILL DO TO YOU THE VERY THING I HEARD YOU SAY: 29 In this wilderness your bodies will fall—every one of you twenty years old or more who was counted in the census and who has grumbled against me. 30 Not one of you will enter the land I swore with uplifted hand to make your home, except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun. 31 As for your children that you said would be taken as plunder, I will bring them in to enjoy the land you have rejected. 32 But as for you, your bodies will fall in this wilderness. 33 Your children will be shepherds here for forty years, suffering for your unfaithfulness, until the last of your bodies lies in the wilderness. 34 For forty years—one year for each of the forty days you explored the land—you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you.’ 35 I, the Lord, have spoken, and I will surely do these things to this whole wicked community, which has banded together against me. They will meet their end in this wilderness; here they will die.”36 So the men Moses had sent to explore the land, who returned and made the whole community grumble against him by spreading a bad report about it— 37 these men who were responsible for spreading the bad report about the land were struck down and died of a plague before the Lord. 38 Of the men who went to explore the land, only Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh survived.39 When Moses reported this to all the Israelites, they mourned bitterly. 40 Early the next morning they set out for the highest point in the hill country, saying, “Now we are ready to go up to the land the Lord promised. Surely we have sinned!”41 But Moses said, “Why are you disobeying the Lord’s command? This will not succeed! 42 Do not go up, because the Lord is not with you. You will be defeated by your enemies, 43 for the Amalekites and the Canaanites will face you there. Because you have turned away from the Lord, he will not be with you and you will fall by the sword.”44 Nevertheless, in their presumption they went up toward the highest point in the hill country, though neither Moses nor the ark of the Lord’s covenant moved from the camp. 45 Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country came down and attacked them and beat them down all the way to Hormah.”
From this verse there is so much to learn,in the first place there is so much dialogue that goes on here ,the people murmur and utter words after receiving the bad report,which reach God’s hears.God is very angry with them and decrees that the very same things(death) they wished for themselves He would fulfill them,He decrees no one above twenty years apart from Caleb and Joshua would enter Canaan.Also He decrees that entrance to the promised would be delayed for FORTY! more years,Imagine this just as they were about to enter and possess the land flowing with milk and honey it was decreed that they would wait in suffering for forty more years thanks to some bad words said amongst them,What a lesson to us the current believers,How many are times we have delayed our conquest,victory,blessings or even entirely obliterated our blessings from God,simply because we couldn’t wait a little bit longer or simply because we couldn’t heed to some simple instruction? The ten men who spread the bad report He holds them personally responsible, strikes them down with plague.which should teach us that whatever we do or say we shall be expected to account for it(Matthew 12:36-37).The death of the ten spies scares the assembly but still they don’t learn,they still continue speaking things which are contrary to God’s will,now they tell Moses that the are ready to take Canaan,not considering that they were still at loggerheads with God,unto which we read that Moses clearly warned them it was a doomed mission,it would fail because God was not with them,neither he nor the ark of the covenant accompany them and surely they FAILED.How many are times have our negative words shaped our destinies,don’t we remember our tongues have power to create.Being created in likeness of God and having the Spirit of God we are empowered and God hears each and every word we utter,so we should exercise utmost caution while speaking no matter the spur of the moment.See Deut 1
Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel and anytime he planned to set camp in a certain place Elisha the prophet would inform the King of Israel who in turn would avoid that place,this greatly troubled the King of Aram,who thought he had traitors in his camp only to learn that it was Elisha who was informing the King of Israel of his every move,God heard each and every word from the King of Aram and his men and would inform Elisha who in turn would relay the same to King of Israel,this should teach us that even the faintest word we utter even in our bedrooms it reaches the ear of Almighty so we would rather be careful.
Let’s read :
“8 Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, “I will set up my camp in such and such a place.”9 The man of God sent word to the king of Israel: “Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there.” 10 So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he was on his guard in such places.11 This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, “Tell me! Which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?”12 “None of us, my lord the king,” said one of his officers, “but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom.”13 “Go, find out where he is,” the king ordered, “so I can send men and capture him.” The report came back: “He is in Dothan.” 14 Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city.15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.18 As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, “Strike this army with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked.19 Elisha told them, “This is not the road and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will lead you to the man you are looking for.” And he led them to Samaria.20 After they entered the city, Elisha said, “Lord, open the eyes of these men so they can see.” Then the Lord opened their eyes and they looked, and there they were, inside Samaria.21 When the king of Israel saw them, he asked Elisha, “Shall I kill them, my father? Shall I kill them?”22 “Do not kill them,” he answered. “Would you kill those you have captured with your own sword or bow? Set food and water before them so that they may eat and drink and then go back to their master.” 23 So he prepared a great feast for them, and after they had finished eating and drinking, he sent them away, and they returned to their master. So the bands from Aram stopped raiding Israel’s territory. 2Kings 6:8-22
From this verse we gather one distinct lesson,that we may be warned but not heed,despite the King of Aram being informed that Elishah knew(heard) of each and every move he planned to take,he goes ahead and sends an ambush party with the words” Go, find out where he is,” the king ordered, “so I can send men and capture him ” Notwithstandingly knowing that a well informed enemy is a well prepared enemy,defeat is obvious. Probably we may think that the King of Aram was not used to God’ly things/affairs hence he either doubted it or took it for granted but what about us the current believers how many are times warnings,teachings and sermons have landed on our ‘deaf’ ears.Don’t we know its by divine providence we hear/learn of a thing before it happens? Could we be having an excuse whatsoever to present in our defence against things we were forewarned about? So it calls for our God assisted caution to what we say,hear and do at all times.To human its hard but with God its already done(possible)
We should be like the people of Deutronomy 5:28
” 28 The Lord heard you when you spoke to me, and the Lord said to me, “I have heard what this people said to you. Everything they said was good. 29 Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever! “
And strive to always say and do things which are pleasing to the ear of God,always obey His precepts and definitely it shall be well with us and our generations to come.
4.The Faithful Remnant
Equally we can be like the people of Malachi 3:16
” 16 Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name. “
We can be the faithful remnant whose deeds records are with the Lord!
We can be the faithful remnant who honor God!
See what He says:
” 17 “On the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty, “they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him. 18 And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not. ” Malachi 3
Also see Exodus 16
In conclusion we would rather say not,rather than say wrong.