So I said: 'Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.'
Then his wife said to him, 'Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!' But he said to her, 'You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?' In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
Most women own an assortment of lipsticks. Depending on a mood, outfit, or occasion, certain colors beg to be worn. But even more than our style, lipstick reveals our soul. How?
Our lips are like the muzzle of a gun: they shoot words. The explosion can be in a single blast or repetitive action. It can come from one mouth or many. It can send blessings like 'good morning,' or curses like 'get lost.'
'For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things' (Matthew 12:34-35).
When the movement of our heart flows into our head, words form on our tongue and hurl from our lips--for better or for worse. But here's the thing: residue from a gun blast sticks to the muzzle. When the muzzle is a pair of lips, it's called lip stick. Lip stick colors the speaker as well as the target.
'An ungodly man digs up evil, and it is on his lips like a burning fire' (Proverbs 16:27). 'But the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel' (Proverbs 20:15).
The prophet Isaiah has been called the 'Shakespeare of the Bible' for his mastery with words, but he did not begin as a master. In a heavenly encounter with God, Isaiah confessed he was 'undone' by his dirty lips. God cleaned Isaiah's mouth, and a life-changing ministry began.
In today's second scripture, God allowed Satan to test His servant, Job. God described Job as a 'Blameless and upright man' (Job 1:8). Satan argued that Job had it easy: 'You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!' (Job 1:10-11).
Job's ordeal was designed as a test of his lips. Job passed clean. Will we?
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Lip Stick series.