Saturday, September 18, 2010

Quick to listen, slow to speak...

James 1:19 says "My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry".

Deep inside of me there is a rabbit jumping and hopping and waiting for a chance to speak. It is my greatest flaw. Because writing is my passion, I find it even harder to keep the fingers from typing the moment I get an idea.

Do you remember Joseph? He was the one with the coat of many colors in the bible. The Lord had given him a vision. Yet, Joseph lacked the wisdom to wait until the proper time to speak it out. He blurted it out to his brothers and they became angry. I think I must have a little of Joseph in me. Do you?

So often the Lord wants to speak to us and yet we hear only part of what he says because we are quick to take the word in a teaching form to others. I am learning to listen and let the word soak through me. Let the Lord speak to you for you alone. Forget carrying the word to others first. That is where I stumble.

But, let His word address the weaker side of you. Perhaps you do not see this weakness in the clarity of the Lord. When you have taken a moment to examine your own heart, then you can ask the Lord if it is right to speak it out to others.

I have lost count of the number of apologies I've had to give because I did not remember to be slow to speak. If only God had made me with a muzzle at times.

Yet, He created Joseph to carry good news as I believe He created me to write. My words can be read all over the world. Yet, if I just blurt out things without fully listening to what the Lord wants; my words are fruitless and may come back to haunt me.

That is when I find myself writing with broken crayons and messy fingerpaints. Wait...I think I hear something. I'll tell you when I am sure. The rabbit inside me still jumps but the Lord is pressing down hard so I will be slower to speak.

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