Here fairly recently, I had myself a little freak out moment. I was feeling a bit overwhelmed by the number of prayer requests and those who were seeking guidance. Now don’t get me wrong, I am thankful for the opportunity to minister to others and I consider it a privilege to walk alongside those who are hurting, but not too long ago, I panicked!
I was fretting over what to say and feeling immense pressure that I was going to mess someone up with my advice. Somewhere in the midst of my crazy, the Lord gave me the most beautiful revelation. God is not asking me to share my opinion with those who reach out to me, He has commanded that I share His Word.
“Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.” (vs 2)
“Those whose hearts understand what is right get knowledge. The ears of those who are wise listen for it.” (vs 15)
The last thing I want is to open my mouth like a blubbering fool and let my own ideas and thoughts pour out. But if I am scouring the Bible for wisdom, when I give counsel, it will be His truth that comes out and not my personal opinion. While I could allow this to stress me even further, it actually gave me a sense of peace and freedom in my ministry. Other translations of verse 15 say the ears of the wise seek out knowledge. Basically, go look for it! You can be certain that whatever you pursue, eventually you’re going to find it, whether that be good or evil.
We must constantly remind ourselves that so long as we are seeking the Lord’s face, listening for that still small voice and submitting to His leading, then we can feel confident in the words that we speak to the one in need.
When someone thanks me for my insight, I am quick to point them to Jesus. It is not wisdom from within that I speak of but Biblical truth that brings about understanding and correction when needed. I am a vessel for the Lord to work through, just as all others who are answering the call to minister in however the Lord sees fit. I pray that I would never take for granted the immense honor that it is to be an ambassador for Christ. May those who seek to glorify the Lord with the work of their lives be emboldened by the power of the Spirit that lives in the hearts of those who diligently seek Him.
*The above Scripture references are from Proverbs 18 as part of the 31 Day Reading Challenge of the Book of Proverbs.