What you ought to say

What you ought to say

The Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say. – Luke 12:12

Exodus 3:11-14

 11 But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?”

 12 God answered, “I will be with you. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain.”

 13 But Moses protested, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?”

 14 God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. Say this to the people of Israel: I AM has sent me to you.”

Some children of the King have difficulties communicating well. Occasionally they have difficulty saying what they mean, or perhaps what is most appropriate. They may have diminished social, language, communication, hearing, or fluency skills. This is often called a “Speech and language impediment.”

While Solomon got it right, “Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent” (Proverbs 17:28). Restraint is possible even for a fool although unlikely (Proverbs 18:2). When he “does not talk” or “keeps his mouth shut” he gives the impression that he is wise. Thus even fools, appear intelligent and prudent when they are silent (UBS).

“The proverb aims to admonish the disciple to hold his tongue when provoked, not to conceal his stupidity as in the Abraham Lincoln’s witticism: ‘It is better to keep your mouth shut and let them think you a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt’” (Waltke).

However, speech impairments are never an obstacle for the Father.

The Father is always at work and He invites us to participate in accomplishing His will and plans on earth. When we look at what He asks us to do, it may seem overwhelming. We do a fast self-check and respond much like Moses did, “who am I?”

The bottom line is that it really doesn’t matter who we are. What matters is Who He is. He is “I AM.” The Father, the Lord God omnipotent who He reigns from heaven above. There is no one and nothing like Him, no force, nor power, nor created thing.

Our confidence does not come from our own abilities, but His abilities. We are the “are nots” (1 Corinthians 1:28). Perhaps as some might say, “a bucket of deplorables.” The Father loves to use weak, despised, and “inconsequential” things, people, and events to demonstrate His majesty, so “that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us” (2 Corinthians 4:7) (Stanley).

1 Corinthians 1:26-29

 26 For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;

 27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong,

 28 and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are,

 29 so that no man may boast before God.

REFLECT & PRAY

Unlimited power, knowledge, and ability are the resources available to any child of the Father. When He asks us to do something, He will give us what we need, when we need it, to accomplish His task.

Father thank You that You are always at work and ask me to participate. I trust in You alone for the ability You alone provide.

INSIGHT

This world is dark and toxic. It offers a suffocating miasma of despair and futility. We are sent out as sheep in the midst of wolves. We are the light of the world. Jesus was under no illusions as He sent His disciples out to serve. He knew what was waiting for them – and He knows what is waiting for us. Still He sends us, to represent Him under the protection of His Father (Stanley).

Matthew 10:19-20

 19 Do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say.

 20 For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.

This marvelous promise becomes reality as the Holy Spirit teaches us and empowers us to speak. The words may be totally of the Spirit of the Father. The words are instantaneous in the moment. Yet, while spontaneous, they may represent years of training, experience, and walking with God. A pastor was once asked, “how long did it take you to prepare that sermon?” His answer, 40 years.

Consider the fact that our present difficult circumstances and trials and our reaction to them, are the stuff from which the Holy Spirit later constructs the words we speak.

Luke 12:11-12

 1 “And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say,

 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what needs to be said.”

We are qualified to do the Father’s work, not because of our own talents or abilities or training, but because the Father is with us. And if He is not with us, then no amount of skill or experience will make us qualified (Stanley).

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