Engineers in Britain and the United States have devised a wheelchair that disabled people can steer using their tongues. Until now, quadriplegics have had to suck or blow into a straw or move a computer cursor to guide the wheelchair; but this new tongue-guided device is easier and safer, according to news reports.

The Bible says something similar about the tongue: “Ships…are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts of great things” (James 3:4-5).

David Jeremiah reminds us, “The course of our lives often is determined by the wisdom or foolishness of our words. Just as Job once made a covenant with his eyes not to look lustfully after a woman (Job 31:1), and just as Daniel purposed in his heart not to be defiled by the king’s foods (Dan. 1:8), so David purposed that his mouth would not transgress and his tongue would not steer him into sin.

"We have to make up our minds that, by God’s grace and with His help, our tongues will steer our lives with wisdom from above. May He be glorified in all we say and in all we don’t say.” (Turning Point Daily Devotional, 11-26-07)

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