A Heart Aflame by Rev.Mike Ricker
“Were not our hearts burning within us while he was speaking to us on the road and explaining the Scriptures to us.”
”Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances.”
One of the most frustrating aspects of walking by faith is the absolute requirement of patience. Our natural inclination is always to rush life. We often feel it necessary to say or do something, even if it is wrong. That comes from our distorted belief that “doing Christian” is somehow more important than “being Christian.” It is, however, always to our advantage, and Christ’s honor, to allow the Holy Spirit to tether our tongues and our wills to His prompting and direction. When led by the Spirit of God, our words can actually impart life and our actions can inspire hope and faith in the lives of others. When led by the flesh, even our best intentions can frustrate, infuriate and even harm those we actually intended to help. The key is TIMING. Mark Twain once said, “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug. Take care therefore of what you say, when you say it and to whom.” We tend to get the “what you say” and the “to whom” down pretty good. Yet, we must also remember that the Lord wants us to be people who know “when” to say or do something. In John 16:12 Jesus told His disciples, “I have many more things to say to you but you cannot bear them now.” Again, in John 7:6 when Jesus was being pressured to go to Jerusalem He said, “My time has not yet come.” We all need the sensitivity of our Lord so that we know when to speak and when to act. One of the great tragedies taking place in the Body of Christ today is that there are so many people being wounded by the words and actions of others who are speaking and acting without a sensitivity to timing. I understand that we should not take offense at what others say or do. (That is fodder for another devotional). I am simply speaking about the importance of not offending others by our words or deeds regardless of how “right” we may be. Even Paul, the strong willed apostle of Jesus, refused to eat or drink certain things at certain times because he did not want to offend. As you pray about what to say and do in regard to someone or some situation, why not ask, “Lord, please make it clear to me if this is the right time.” Then be prepared to put a leash on your words and actions if the Holy Spirit says WAIT.