So I began my morning in the book of Jude. It was simply the Bible app verse of the day, but being the healthy- hefty eater I am, I tend to feast buffet style whether it’s the Word or the Golden Corral. So I generally read the whole Chaper.
I was feelin Jude this morning when he said,
“Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I was compelled to write to you [urgently] appealing that you fight strenuously for [the defense of] the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints [the faith that is the sum of Christian belief that was given verbally to believers].”
JUDE 1:3 AMP http://bible.com/1588/jud.1.3.amp
Although Jude was addressing a very serious topic, I could relate to the fact that you can have so many things you want to share, at any given time, but wanting to be led by the Spirit, you have to focus and make sure you zone in on what it is that you believe God wants the reader to know.
Even this morning I was thinking of how I can be so excited about a Word and then in 15 minutes I can have something else I see fit to share about. Why didn’t Jude write more than just one book with one chapter?
But, then sometimes….. less is more.
I’m working on that by the way.
Working with my God on that, I should say. As soon as I sat down this morning for my morning coffee, He asked me why I talk so much when I know so little….
You May wonder if He would say something like that, but He asked Job the same question, in all of his thirty some odd chapters of talk, so yes, I believe He did.
I know myself, and how Much I talk! God gave me the gift of gab, and it’s great when I use it for His glory, but it can also get me in big trouble……
Like today, for instance, my handsome hubby and I are driving down into Arkansas on our fifteen year anniversary adventure. When low and behold, Siri wasn’t as serious as we were about our destination.
While we were in familiar territory, we didn’t need her, but as we veered out to a place we had never been before I said, “why don’t we just use the old school version of talking to a real person who happens to physically be at the destination we’re looking for.”
My dear husband, on the other hand, decided to take her side (Siri) and though annoyed by his decision, I decided to submit and keep from talking so much when obviously I knew so little……
However, forty-five minutes down the road to a twenty minute destination, my ears started burning, (no smoke came out) but I was pretty sure that an explosion would have taken place if I didn’t say something.
All joking aside, yes, God did deposit self control in me, but I persistently reminded him again, that I could just call the resort.
He agreed, and not to my surprise, we were headed in the wrong direction.
All right, now I’m mad. Sorry again Jesus.
As I spued my case, the Holy Spirit reminded me of Proverbs 15.1 ¶ A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
I would like to say I repented then, but I was still pretty certain this was his fault.
So the Holy Spirit nudged me again…..and said,
“He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.” Proverbs 17:9
After all, this was my best friend that I was traveling with.
So, by Grace, I heeded. Thank you Holy Spirit.
I repented. I turned the situation around.
Isn’t repentance incredible like that? That’s simply what it means. You turn around from going the wrong way, and start heading in the right direction.
I could have chosen to bypass the Holy Spirit’s leading to reroute, and continued on a path to a big fight, or do as I did, and choose to thank God for my man, this trip, and the extra footage of those beautiful trees I talked about on my last post.
So, This is what I gleaned from the whole Siri experience. Opinions are fallible. We were assuming she knew where she was going, but it’s always better to hear directly from the person who is in fact, already at the destination.
God is Already Everywhere, ahead of us on our journey. He Alone, can direct our steps with sure, clear direction by His Word. That’s why it’s so important to ask Him how to get to where you’re going, or simply heed to what he tells you before your situations even occur.
Hence, for me yesterday, “why talk so much, when I know so little”. My own opinions and the opinions of others do me no good if they aren’t lined up with the Word.
* This was actually yesterday’s blog. I didn’t finish it until now. I’m excited for a fresh Word for today as well, though. Hopefully I will get it out a little later as our adventure unfolds…..
Oh yeah, we made it….. and notice we’re both smiling!