continued from Part 6: Learning from a Dream
~ conclusions ~
Why am I such a stickler for the absolute truth of God’s word, as He states it? Why do I speak to others even with such an apparent lack of success in their lives? When I hope for them to be awakened to faith, why do they remain unbelieving? When I am concerned for them because they are wandering into untruth, why do they refuse to see it and think that I am treating them hatefully? Why do I insist on a truth that others say is trivial or non-essential or only my opinion?
Because I am a servant of the Lord, and when He presents the opportunity to speak His truth, I must speak it.
If I speak it, there is hope for them and deliverance for me. If I stay quiet, there is only destruction for us both.
When I speak, I will learn and I will grow in humility and in understanding and in the faith that comes by hearing God’s word more-and-more.
The stakes are too high not to speak. The careful and conscientious practice of our faith is necessary to the faithful worship of the one true God. To stray a little bit makes all of our offerings detestable. How could I stand silently by and watch someone wander off that cliff?
And if I saw something wrong and I just smiled and encouraged and said, “Well done, sis,” and “Good word, keep being bold,” I would become a liar, too.
It has been a long journey, this particular ribbon-of-why, and it’s not over yet. I am grateful for a patient Teacher Who continues to answer my questions as long as I continue to desire to know His truth. And I am humbled and delighted, as always, to watch God’s word unfold in perfect harmony before every question. I am ever-more encouraged to find that God’s word is as absolutely eternal and unchanging and consistent as I always believe it to be.
For I am the Lord, I change not…(Malachi 3:6, KJV)
Thank God that, so far as I can tell, He did not show me His truth only to let me prefer a lie and return to darkness. I will always wish the best eternal outcome for any word I speak to any person any time. And I will continue to believe that the best eternal outcome is always being accomplished, though my eyes might be disappointed in the results at the moment.
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.(Isaiah 55:11, KJV)
Why? Because God is God, and He changes not!
start over with Why, Lord? Part 1 ~ the question ~
by Sydney Michalski
Thank you for joining me in this 7-part series walking through lessons that I have learned about speaking God’s truth in love in everyday life. I hope my own experiences and lessons have been a help and encouragement to you as you seek to honor God in your own daily walk!