I’ve been lucky enough to have been able to keep up with my current attempt to write something every day. There will be times when I will slide (maybe due to illness, or a trip, etc.) but it never ceases to amaze me how I begin to think about a topic and God leads me elsewhere! I mean, I have seriously begun writing out an outline and watched God move my mind and my hands on the keyboard in another direction!! Such is what happened to me today!
I guess it is a bit like that old E.F Hutton commercial (which many of you are probably too young to remember!) that went something like this: There would be two men talking–one giving advice and one listening about financial affairs. The one giving the advice would say, “Well, my broker is E. F. Hutton, and he says….” Immediately, everyone around the two men would perk up, stop talking, and pay attention. Then the announcer would come on and invoke the punch line: “When E. F. Hutton talks, people listen!”
When you talk, do you know God listens? Not just when you pray, but when you talk…to people like your wife, husband, boss, children, waitress and waiters, teachers, friends, bus drivers, clerks, etc. Is He going to be happy with what you are saying? How you are treating others?
I’m not happy with what I see around me lately. People aren’t TALKING. They are arguing (quite loudly most of the time) and making no effort to hear what the other person is saying. It quite reminds me of that old proverb that says: You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” In some cases, the verbal abuse being hurled has reached such a fever pitch that it is akin to our being forced to entrench themselves into one side or another in an argument that simply can’t be won. It is like a person trying to move a mule. Mules are stubborn. They won’t move until they are good and ready.
Deuteronomy 5: 24-And ye said, Behold, the Lord our God hath shewed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of fire: we have seen this day that God doth talk with man, and he liveth.
Yes, when God talks people listen. They’d better, because when they don’t they find that He does what He says He will do! He also knows the ways of humans and their nature.
Matthew 22:15-17-Then went the Pharisees, and toook counsel how they might entangle him in his talk. And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Casear, or not?
Ah yes, first flatter your enemy. Set them up with a seemingly impossible question so that he/she can sink themself and you can jump on their answer!
Matthew 15:18-22-But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, WHY TEMPT YE ME, YE HYPOCRITES? SHOW ME THE TRIBUTE MONEY. And they brought unto him a penny. And he saith unto them, WHOSE IS THIS IMAGE AND SUPERSCRIPTION? They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, RENDER THEREFORE UNTO CAESAR THE THINGS WHICH ARE CAESAR’S AND UNTO GOD THE THINGS THAT ARE GOD’S. When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.
The ‘powers that be’ versus Jesus became entrapped in their own trap. He answered their questions and silenced their unspoken arguments before they could start!
There are a lot of people shouting and arguing right now. It would be better for us to remember that God has all of this in hand.
God is talking as He always does.
Few, however, are listening right now.
If they were, they would be spending more time studying Scripture. What is, and is OF the world, is still under God’s plan. Satan is doing his best to combat that plan by fanning the flames of discord and arguments. Instead of coming together, he stokes whatever fires he can to keep people apart.
Whatever ‘side’ you choose, be aware that if you cannot LISTEN to others you don’t agree with, you are, in fact, aiding the devil.
God wants us to listen to Him.
He’s got it all over E.F. Hutton and whatever channel or pundit YOU are listening to down here!