I receive devotional emails from a friend in Montana in the USA. John, who is now 80, writes personal comments at the end of some of the Our Daily Bread devotionals that he sends me. Here is an email I received this week after a devotion based on Psalm 46.
“‘Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honoured by every nation. I will be honoured throughout the world.’ The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress.” Psalm 46:10-11. NLT
“I can remember a time in my life when people spoke slower, leaving room for replies and comments. That especially includes news services and school teachers. The information that comes our way is cluttered with trivia and down-right untruth and exaggerations. If we could sweep the clutter out of the way we might find that we’d experience a surge of intelligence in our minds that would amaze us. Sometimes, I wonder if the affliction of “dementia” might be an indication of “information overload”. We are being bombarded with irrelevance that none of us needs to function intelligently. No wonder people find that “they have no time for prayer or Bible reading”. I have a brother and sister who live in South Africa who were so overcome with anxiety due to the news services and other influences, that they literally shut off their television. And it has remained off for several years now. Something we might all want to explore to lower our anxiety levels and all the health related issues that come as the result of it. Be still – God is trying to speak to us!!! And He has got something worthy to listen to!!!” Thank you John.
If you are tempted today to say something “smart or clever”, think before you speak! Reflect on giving a more Godly response.