♣ Nuisance of Mere Talk
“For the Kingdom of God does consist in talk but in power.” – 1 Corinthians 4:20
“The wife of a murdered missionary in China told me of the blank, amazed agony of those excruciating days. “We did not pray, we did not feel. We were dazed with sorrow,” she said.
The townspeople showed this woman a golden lock of her little child’s hair. She was told that both husband and child were discovered murdered – beheaded and naked – in that godless Chinese town. Shattered and undone, the widow returned with her other little ones to Britain. She did not doubt God, but she said, “He didn’t answer prayer. Oh, how many thousands prayed for my husband, that good, valued servant of God, but all to no avail.”
In those days of dull amazement, the people who drove her nearly wild with distress were those who knew the Scriptures well and went to great lengths to explain the ‘why’ and ‘wherefore’ of her troubles and suffering and grief. She said, ‘Oh, how I used to beat a tattoo on the floor with my foot while they chattered, crying in my heart, ‘How long, O Lord, how long?’
‘Once as I lay prostrate on the sofa, an elderly minister entered the room softly. The old minister, who knew my husband in the other glad days, did not speak, but he gently came over to me and, kissing me on the forehead, went out. He never spoke. From that moment, my heart began to heal.’” – Oswald Chambers.
What a touching real-life account… for more Christians like this! Many are so ‘clever’ with their words at times but downright spiritually clumsy, where more hurt occurs rather than healing.
Are we full of the Holy Spirit or with our own wisdom? That is not a question requiring an immediate answer. May God make us real and in touch with Him in order to truly touch and benefit other lives!
Remember, Job’s ‘friends’ were the wisest when they remained silent for seven days, until they opened their mouths, uttering words they had no inclination about. There is an ambiguity of certain suffering, which others go through, where we are to remain silent and wait for God to explain and interpret. Many perplexing scenarios in this life (let alone the next) are way too deep for the human mind to fathom, no matter how well versed we are in theology. Our pride says otherwise.
Words have their place, but some of the godliest people are those who, in their silence, have brought heaven to earth.
The words of an anonymous poet wrote of Duncan Campbell (Scottish minister used in the Hebrides revival):
Not merely in the words you say,
Not only in your deeds confessed,
But in the most unconscious way,
Is Christ expressed.
For me, ‘twas not the truth you taught,
To you so clear, to me still dim,
But when you came to me you brought,
A sense of Him.
Posted on February 19, 2013, in ♣ Devotional and tagged 1 Corinthians 4:20, benefit other lives, bringing a sense of God, China, clever words - harmful words, dazed with sorrow, devotional, Duncan Campbell, full of the Holy Spirit, God make us real, healing, human wisdom, in touch with God, Mark Anthony Williams, missionaries, Nuisance of Mere Talk, Oswald Chambers, silence, spiritually clumsy, suffering. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.