A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of
silver. So a word un-fitly spoken? Hence the title. Words, after they have been
spoken, take on a life of their own. Ask a politician.
Nevertheless, like Jeremiah, we have an obligation. The Spirit
of God in his bones burned as a fire, impossible to contain. Paul said, ‘Woe unto
me if I do not preach the Gospel!’ The image of the Dead Sea comes to mind.
Taking in all the minerals of the Jordan River and letting none of it return to
water the fields around it, a simmering pool of deadly chemicals, stray fish wandering
into it become pickled and float to the shore – a vivid picture of the soul who
accepts God’s blessings without returning them to those around them.
Lord, help your Church open its mouth and declare you. If Christ
be lifted up, the world will be drawn to Him. Let us lift him up.
Still, we should not all seek to be teachers, knowing we incur
a greater condemnation (James 3:1). Look for the cause as David did (I Sam
17:29). When the enemies of the Lord stand in our gates, casting forth the
challenges to what we believe, do not hide in the shadows or shrink from the
battle – come what may. The Lord has given them into our hands. The battle is
the Lord’s, and though it be our victory or theirs in the eyes of the World, duty
is ours – results are God’s. God’s road leads to a cross.
Thank you to those who have read my past entries and will
read my future ones. Please feel free to contribute. I’d like this to be more
of a dialogue than a pulpit. Send me topics.