This week’s Pastor to Person is written by Pastor Rich Cathers.
When the prophet Samuel was a little boy, he was taught by the high priest Eli to say, “Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears” (1Sa. 3:9). That’s not a bad lesson for any of us to learn. I think that most of us would like to hear from God, and sometimes it simply comes down to us asking to hear God’s voice. But what do I do once God speaks? Do I question it? Do I obey it? Do I keep it to myself?
The prophet Jeremiah lived during a very difficult time in the nation’s history. He was the one charged with speaking sometimes difficult things to a group of people who didn’t want to hear from God. He faced constant pushback from the king, leaders, priests, and the people. At times he was beaten and even imprisoned for speaking the things God told him.
At one point in his ministry, Jeremiah decided he was going to stop speaking what God showed him. He was tired of all the trouble it caused. Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him, Nor speak anymore in His name.” But His word was in my heart like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, And I could not. (Jeremiah 20:9)
Do you have something from God to share with others? If it’s truly from God, you will find that like Jeremiah, you will have trouble keeping it to yourself. Ask God to speak. Then speak what God asks you to share.