See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it. Deuteronomy 12:32
You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!” Isaiah 40:9
Then I was told, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.” Revelation 10:11
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music. Psalm 98:4
As I ran errands with my best friend one gorgeous spring day, suddenly I stopped in the middle of the sidewalk, raised my arms in the air and shouted “Thank you God for this beautiful day.” She asked for a little more decorum before quickly disappearing into the store.
Sometimes the honey of life is just so sweet you have to share and declare it. Glorying in the blessings of God is easy. Communicating through the bitterness in life is hard. The Apostle John ate a scroll that was sweet in his mouth, but turned his stomach sour. The angel told him he would prophesy. God commands us also to share his word. (Matt 28:18-20)
The word of God is wonderfully life giving, but it can also cut like a blade through our sin, a process that can be painful while at the same time healing. When sharing the truth in love, I can come off like honey or horseradish depending on my audience. Only God can transform bitter into sweet. (Exodus 15:23-25) I need Him in my everyday business to help me wield that sword of truth without taking off people’s heads.
These days when I look in the mirror, I can relate to the idea of my life fading like a flower of the field. As the time grows shorter, more and more I long for my life to be one that points to God and his truth.
Oh God, help me to find just the right words so the lost and the broken can taste and see how good You are.