By Patrick Hawthorne
“Uh ohhh…” I felt in my heart that I needed to read Ecclesiastes. I was doing fine until I came to chapter three, verse seven, “…time to keep silence and a time to speak…” What are you telling me Lord? Why did that particular verse jump out at me?”
“Lord, I know that I am prone to argue with a fence post. After all, my dear ole Momma once said, while deeply exasperated with my propensity for debate, “Son, you could argue with a fence post and win!” But…I’ve done better, haven’t I Lord?”
It used to be that I would argue for the sake of argument. Was I right in the majority of my disagreements? Aww, heck no! But, what difference did that make? I was arguing; I was in my element!
As I grew in my walk with the Lord, the desire to argue slowly began to wane. No longer did I feel the need to defend my honor. Am I completely argument free? Just ask my family for that answer. As for me, I plead the fifth. And, you can’t ask my wife. There is some written clause out there that says you can’t force a wife to testify against her husband.
“Rat’s!” There I go again… Now, I’m arguing with my readers. “Ok Lord, I’m listening. I will keep my mouth shut.”
Hours later: I am so thankful that I listened to the Lord as He spoke to my spirit. It seems that the Lord was not correcting me because of arguing, but was protecting me from getting caught up in a web of gossip. Because of some blunder headed moves that were made where I work, I could have easily been pulled into a vicious web of gossip had I not kept my mouth shut. As it is, because I kept my thoughts to myself, the gossip vine is withering and dying at this very moment.
I firmly believe the Lord is preparing His children for a last days outpouring of His Spirit in which the miracles of the Book of Acts will seem small in comparison. I want to BE Godly, not appear godly. I want to be the vessel that God can use to reach the lost. How about you?
2 Timothy 3:1-5 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.