By Mary J. Yerkes
Today's Scripture: Jeremiah 15:19
Central Thought: We have something worth saying when we meditate on God's Word.
Sweaty palms, pounding heart, dizziness, dry mouth, nervous shaking, squeaky voice. Let's face it, not everyone likes to stand up before a crowd and speak. Many Christians would rather die than to preach a sermon or even pray aloud in public. Even in one-on-one situations, we often hold back on sharing our faith because we just aren't sure what to say.
If you want to be used by God and speak on His behalf, Jeremiah gives a simple formula. 'If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless, you shall be as my mouth” (15:19). You don't have to be brilliant. You don't need a special degree. You don't even have to be a preacher. You can be God's spokesperson by simply avoiding worthless speech and uttering what is precious.
We live in an information age, constantly bombarded by communication from satellite television to the Internet. Yet, very little of what we hear can be considered precious. How much of our conversation revolves around what we are hearing in the media rather than what we are reading in God's Word? Our speech will be a reflection of what we are hearing and reading.
Philippians 4:8 is a challenge to our thought life. 'Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Make time today for reading God's Word and reflecting on His goodness.
Devotional Prayer: Father, thank you for giving me Your Word to meditate on day and night. Your Word is a light to my feet and a lamp to my path.
Today's Bible Reading: Jeremiah 14:11-16:15; 1 Thessalonians 2:10-3:13; Psalm 80:1-19; Proverbs 25:1-5