A CHANGE OF LANGUAGE

DAY 352 OF 365 IN 2021

A CHANGE OF LANGUAGE

Jeremiah 23:7,8 So then, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when people will no longer say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt, but they will say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the descendants of Israel up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.’

When people rise to certain positions or acquire specific skillset and statuses, many often expect a corresponding change in some sense. Changes in attitude, and very often in ‘language’. Language not necessarily in outward communication, but as a means of vocalising their internalised thoughts and feelings.

In today’s text, the language of the whole nation of Israel was to change to match their circumstances.

We usually change our language depending on the situation we find ourselves in: we may be bolder when sure we have the facts, but quick to reduce our tone when we acknowledge those facts were half truths. Language is thus the near equivalent of disposition because it reorients the mind towards a particular focus and sets the heart along a course.

When one’s language changes, actions often change to align with the new language and expectations are likewise amended. So as the curtains are drawn on the current year,  it is worth thinking about what language you are speaking now, and to consider what language you ought to be speaking.

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