Talk is cheap, which is why people do it so much. If we had to pay for everything we said, I guarantee we’d maintain silence.
Talk is also cheap in that words mean next to nothing. Putting your trust in the words of others is a fine way to be let down.
Faith is firmly rooted in God’s Word. God, who knows all things, limited His written revelation to about 1,000 pages. When you consider this, it’s astounding! The amount of words I have written far outnumber God’s! Guess who has more valuable stuff to say? The One who said less. Go figure.
God seems to measure His words, not saying too much nor too little. Sure, we’d like Him to have said more about certain theological issues we argue about and less about genealogies and stuff about ram fat. But God knew what He was doing.
God, who knows all things, said very little. People who know little, often say a lot. In fact, we often substitute verbosity for knowledge. We try to cover ignorance with words.
While Jeremiah bemoans the nearly ruined people of Israel, he describes them to God like this:
“You [God] are near to their lips
But far from their mind.“
Religion often uses words in place of knowledge. Since few actually know God, yet aren’t comfortable admitting that, they use religious blather to fill the gap. We all lose.
We lose because we have to listen to religious blather.
We lose because we think being religious means being wordy.
We lose because the most vocal people who take over are often the least informed.
We lose because while listening to empty words, we waste time not getting to know God.
The most important thing is to know God. If you don’t know Him, don’t get caught up in verbose religiosity. Don’t try to fool others by using much speech to cover your ignorance.
Long prayers don’t please God, nor does long speech of any kind! Be still and know God. Let the talk flow out of your natural growth in knowledge; don’t let it be a substitute for knowing Him.