What a joy it is to find just the right word for the right occasion! (Proverbs 15:23 GNB)
I had the privilege this week to be around a group of pastors in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. We are working together to provide Bible training for several churches there. As I spoke with these men and women, I was struck by their heartfelt desire to bring the Word to their people, and to do it well. They look to the Lord every single week to give them jus the right message to impact the lives of their flock. I was again impressed with the importance of bringing fresh manna every time we stand to preach. It is so tempting to listen to a recording or read a book and simply regurgitate what we hear. And, to be clear, the Word will help folks, even if it is just being recited, but fresh bread is always better. It warms the soul in a peculiar way.
I have for years claimed the Scripture Isaiah spoke about the coming Messiah for myself as I face the needs of broken humanity, “The Lord GOD has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned. (Isaiah 50:4 NKJV)” I pray for each minister who stands to speak for God this week, that you will have the tongue of the learned, that you will speak a word in season, that you will no how to speak as you ought to speak. It is a daunting commission, but we have an undaunted God.