James 3:3-5a “If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.”
Have you ever tried to control a car when the steering goes out? While moving forward in this state, the only things controlling the direction of that car are the road and any other obstructions that may be in the way. It’s such a small mechanism, and yet when we can’t control it, we lose control of the entire vehicle. So it is with our tongues, and this is precisely why James uses the two analogies he uses in these verses—the bits in the mouths of horses and the rudders in great ships. Like these two small things, our tongues and how we use them will determine the direction our lives take. When we don’t control them, we are no better than the ship whose rudder is controlled by the sea instead of the captain. Our rudder must be controlled by our Captain. Only He can correctly dictate the direction our lives must take, so only He should dictate the words that come out of our mouths.
Study/Meditation: How can you be certain that the rudder of your life is being controlled by your Captain? What steps today can you take to ensure this?
*Father, thank You for giving me Your Word as my guide. Help me to measure all that I say so that my words do nothing but glorify You. Amen.