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Who Do You Live with?

“I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence.

Proverbs 8:12(a)

When I was in Bible School, I experienced living with different roommates. They all were great blessings who encouraged me, exposed me to great things, and helped me grow. Unfortunately, not everyone in Bible School had my experience. I have a friend whose roommate stole money from her, had poor hygiene, and left one night, leaving my friend stuck with her bills.

The people you live with can bring joy to your life or make your life a living hell. Therefore, we need to choose our roommates well. Some of you might think I’m glad I don’t have any roommates, but even if we live alone, we all have roommates. Some of us live with negativity, fear, anxiety, jealousy, rejection, or insecurity.

King Salomon, in Proverbs eight, speaks about two wonderful roommates. It tells us that wisdom dwells together with prudence. In other words, prudent people attract wisdom, and wisdom attracts many blessings. Salomon knew what he was talking about. Because of his wisdom, his country lived in peace and prosperity during his reign.

This week, my dear readers, I want to challenge you to search your hearts and see who or what lives in them. Who are your roommates? How do we search our hearts? Searching our hearts is easy. The Bible tells us that out of the abundance of our hearts, our mouths speak (Matthew 12:34).

Have you considered what is coming out of your mouth? What have you been declaring lately? Do you speak faith? What do you say about yourself or others? Is prudence guiding your mouth, or does negativity guide your mouth? You will know who lives with you by paying attention to your words. Your words express your thoughts, and as we know, as a man thinks in his heart, so he is (Proverbs 23:7).

If all you speak about is negative, mean, or gloomy, it may be time to give your roommates an eviction notice. It is time to eliminate negativity and lack of faith and allow God to evict those nasty roommates. If, on the other hand, your words are pure and kind and reflect a sound mind, praise God. You, my friends, have chosen your roommates well. Keep up the excellent job!

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