“Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me. I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!” Psalm 66:16-20.
There are enough thoughts in these verses to fill books!
I need to be so filled with Him that I “overflow” appropriately into the midst I’m in.
Believers have comfortable settings and uncomfortable settings. By that I mean, there are places where sharing what God is doing is certain to be well received. Other places? Blank stares and speechless are the reactions.
The friendly places are easy. It’s those other places that I will look at today.
I have lost a lot of weight and I have a good idea how weight is lost and gained. In some settings, usually among those who have lost weight, what worked for me is well received. Among those who are struggling with weight, I must be Godly careful.
It is so easy to become the despised know-it-all. It has been my recent habit to enter information only when invited, and then to insist that I don’t want to be a zealot on the subject. In some that approach has aroused curiosity and I can go on from there. If the subject is dropped, then I must take the hint to move on.
I think that I must follow a similar pattern when talking about God. Among the interested, I must speak up often with details. Among the uninterested, I must wait (patiently) for an opening. It may not come, and I must know that. When it does come, I must pour out sparingly at first. That sparingly thing may be all that some will want and so it’s time to move on. Others may open the door for more. I must be close enough to God to sort out what is, what isn’t, and how to react in a God-pleasing way. O, do I need Him!
Conclusion: I have a story to tell BUT I must be guided by Him to tell it appropriately.