Lots of things I want to hear: ‘you look great’, ‘good job’, ‘I’ll take care of it’ – and the list could go on.
I’m learning (very slowly) to check my words before they tumble out. But I’m also learning to listen and see if they are truth. My friends, my hubby, my sweet children, and my perfect grandchildren don’t need words that don’t have the weight of truth – and the security of truth – and the freedom of truth.
God loves us enough to tell us what we need to hear – no fluff. And found in every verse – every carefully chosen word – there’s perfect love. Only a perfect love can speak to our hearts and make them confident, make them secure, make them soar free. “There is no fear in love; perfect love drives out all fear.” (1John 4:18 GNT)
This isn’t an easy thing. I would much rather open my Bible and read along only to find the Holy Spirit telling my heart ‘good job, Paris’ – instead of ‘hmm, maybe think about things this way next time’. But that ever so quiet prompting not only changes us, it makes us useful to others.
I tell my grandson on our forays outside: ‘listen to the wind’, ‘do you hear that bird’, ‘the thunder goes boom’. He listens, sometimes cradling his ear. Then I whisper ‘Jesus put those sounds there’. He did – to get our attention – to make us stop – for just a moment. “My sheep hear My voice, I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish–ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand.” (John 10:27-28 HCSB)
We’re heading towards Easter – a celebration that no one should miss. This is grander by far than anything we celebrate, and yet, we sometimes lose it in the baskets and candy. About two thousand years ago the words we need to hear were spoken: “Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” (John 19:30 NIV)
And then, “He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay.” (Matthew 28:6 NIV) Maybe if we keep these words ever constant in our thoughts we won’t long for the words of this world and will rest in the Words eternal.
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