Today’s Scripture: Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue. 1¬†Corinthians¬†14:19


When is five better than ten thousand? I asked this question to our staff members and got several creative responses:

  • Five ants at your picnic are better than an army of ten thousand ready to carry your basket away.
  • Five strokes on a golf course are better than ten thousand.
  • Five real friends are better than ten thousand Facebook friends.
  • Five unanswered phone calls from your spouse are better than ten thousand. (Even five can be dicey. I would hate to imagine more than that.)
  • Five emails from your boss saying we need to talk are better than ten thousand.
  • Five food poisoning reports from the new buffet in town are better than ten thousand.
  • Five Bears fans are a million times better than ten thousand Packers fans.
  • Having five children is better than participating in ‘A Small Town and Counting.’
  • Five cups of Starbucks on a Monday morning are way better than ten thousand cups of Folgers.
  • Five stitches are most definitely better than ten thousand stitches in the emergency room.

How does this relate to anything? All too often, we present important issues with thousands of words instead of with the short, clear message given right within God’s Word. Going around and around in circles has never done anyone any good. We must make sure what we speak and what we sing is cohesive with what the Bible says. We need to choose accurate words that are truly reflective of what Scripture states. Because we are the Lord’s hands and feet here on this earth, it is our responsibility to be very cautious and pray that we are in tune with the spirit of God before we minster to others.

Remember, quality is better than quantity. When it comes to the precious Word of God, it is better to keep its clarity intact than to add our own little opinions and flourishes. Even the great apostle Paul would rather speak five words that could be easily discerned than ten thousand showy adjectives that would sound profound but leave his listeners wondering.

Let us be mature and cautious of the words we use and how we use them. Whether we are trying to win someone to the Lord or are aiming to help a newer believer with a doctrinal question, let’s ask the Lord for guidance and that He would give us His words to speak rather than our own.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.