Monday, December 11, 2006

Wise Words

Quite often I encounter a situation where I don't quite know what to say. Sometimes it's from an unbeliever who asks a question about God or church, and I really wrack my brain trying to think of the best possible thing to say without offending or seeming like I want to convert them right then and there. Sometimes it's a situation with another Christian friend, maybe we've been going through a patch of distance with each other, and it takes a big person to make that first step of communication, and then once it's taken it's like, what do I say now? And sometimes its with an old friend in general. Those friends that you talk to maybe once or twice a year and only see once or twice, and you wonder sometimes if the friendship is really worth continuing.

Fortunately, we have an answer for all those situations. Isaiah 50 shares the not-so-secret secret of communication. Isaiah 50:4 says The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will. The Lord has already given me the right words to say before I come across such a situation, I just need to remember to ask for those words. God has given us the Holy Spirit to help us in those times of need. To guide our tongues and our hearts to the right words to say. We still have to do our part, we need to wake up in the morning ready to hear what he has to say to us. We need to ask for guidance and wisdom for those moments of awkwardness. How often I forget to say a quick prayer! So many times I feel dumbfounded and unsure what to say, those are the moments when I need to remember to say a quick prayer thanking God for placing me in that situation today, and to guide my tongue to say the right thing.

The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom,
so that I know how to comfort the weary.
Morning by morning he wakens me
and opens my understanding to his will. Isaiah 50:4

What an encouraging way to start my Monday morning.


Claire said...

I am so glad that he TELLS us to call on Him for wisdom. He WANTS us to ask Him for things...especially wisdom. I know that right now I am depending on Him for knowledge. We're in the middle of test week and there ie NO WAY that I would survive without His provision for knowledge. Some time last year I found a verse that said Jesus is our knowledge and now I can't find it! RRGGG. If you happen to come across it or know the one I'm talking about, please let me know! :-)

Erika said...

Hmmm. I've been searchin gon Bible Gateway among the different versions. Philemon 1:6 is close in The Amplified Bible "[And I pray] that the participation in and sharing of your faith may produce and promote full recognition and appreciation and understanding and precise knowledge of every good [thing] that is ours in [our identification with] Christ Jesus [and unto His glory]." It's close in the New Living translation as well, but none of the others... I'll have to keep looking

Erika said...

OOoh, this one's closer.

2 Peter 2:20 (KJV)For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

Job 36:4 is good too- For truly my words [shall] not [be] false: he that is perfect in knowledge [is] with thee.

Where are those MIA Bible scholars when you need them? ;-)

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