Saying the Same Thing
“Your talk talks and your walk talks, but your walk talks louder than your talk talks.”
This quote has been around for quite some time, but the biblical foundation for it has been around much longer. The book of 1 Samuel highlights a key component in your character and the first statement appears in Hannah’s prayer of thanks to God. She said, “Talk no more…[for] actions are weighed” (1 Samuel 2:3). As someone else has said, “Actions always prove why words mean nothing.”
The key personalities within the beautiful story of 1 Samuel reinforce this golden standard of character. Eli was a judge over Israel for forty years. He had probably seen the comet-like brilliance of a young man named Samson. Eli raised his sons in a very difficult time in Israel’s history. In the last few chapters of the book of Judges, you have read of the moral failure of other Levites. By comparison, Eli was probably a standout Levitical leader. He taught Samuel how to respond to the Lord’s call, “Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth.” Eli would more than likely be the kind of guy you would rate as a rising star in the religious leadership of Israel. The one blight upon his ministry was the character of his two sons. Eli confronts them, but his actions are either anemic or absent because there is no change. Eli lacks passion.
Later in the book, you will read of another man named Saul. If Eli was the rising star amongst the religious leadership, Saul was blazing his way to the top in politics. The people were raving about their handsome and capable king. He looked as “kingly” as they come. He knew the right words to say, but his actions repeatedly left him in a lurch. He found quickly that obedience “is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams” (1 Samuel 15:22).
Finally, Samuel finds a man whom God will designate as “a man after God’s own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14). Notice as the story unfolds in the following chapters, David is a man of action. While the armies are stationed, paralyzed by fear, David steps into the dusty valley ready to conquer the enemies of God. When he is challenged to kill 100 Philistines to win the hand of the king’s daughter, he slaughters 200. David also had some of the most beautiful words which many are recorded in the book of Psalms, but his words were enriched by the sincerity of his actions. “Talk no more for actions are weighted by the Lord!”
Evaluate your own tendencies. Are you a Christian who knows how to talk the talk? Or are your words enriched because your walk and your talk are saying the same thing?