It’s likely been 20 years or more since I realized my prayer life and times kicked in far beyond what they’d been earlier.
As I age and with so many friends and a few not-so my ever-expanding list of who and what to pray for has gone sky-high (see whut ahh did ther?).
I suppose closer to 50 years ago I began reading, even memorizing Bible truths about speaking and being silent. Hooo-ya: is that not a continuing lesson, an out-of-turn shoulda NEVER said that all the way in the spectrum to HOW could I pass on speaking even a word in that moment… arrgghhhh…
A word fitly spoken, a time to refrain from speaking, spiritual gifts including evangelist, pastor, teacher, prophet and on it goes, the fact is, gifted or not, led of the Spirit or not, at the right or the wrong time we all pass on info. to others. Communication happens -whether it should have or not!!
So “the wisdom to know the difference” (to borrow a bit from that ol’ Serenity Prayer) also relates to this topic.
Nobody gets it right all the time. God and I and anyone who knows me even in passing knows I sure don’t.
I love to quote Jesus on this point often- “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil person out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.” -Luke 6.45 You could dig much deeper in scripture but even a quick read of this in context along with, say Psalm 37.30, 31; Matthew 12.34, 35 brings us to the issue of heart, motive, goal.
It’s interesting in a time when so many are in what I’d say is a pattern of re-thinking just about everything including faith, the Bible, church and certainly issues around politics, disease and how to navigate loss, pain, racial, cultural divides and more that how, when and if we communicate is a massive fulcrum upon which all of us pivot or in any case, sit.
For myself, it’s not always easy to know when to speak and when to hush.
My desire, hope and experience is that love isn’t continually silent, certainly not regarding true injustice.
God loves, cares and has not Himself been forever silent though at times we may not have ears to hear.
Listening to Him (via His Word, the Spirit genuinely speaking through others, in nature and our circumstances as well as in prayer times) is on occasion difficult. even painful -and painfully needed. The ebb and flow of life, negative and positive produces real treasure to share and encourage those around us.
Listening, really listening to Him and others is not effortless, but so greatly needed.
God is listening to us always. May we do likewise.
As always, thanks for stopping by! -Glenn