233. Mr. Bumble

“Stan,” I said, “I hope you don’t take this wrong, but sometimes I have a hard time at first understanding what it is you are saying to me.”

“Good,” was Stan’s response.

“That’s not quite what I expected to hear from you,” I said.  “I thought you might be defensive, blame me, or something like that.  Why did you say ‘good’?”

“Before I answer that,” Stan said, “I’ll ask you if you stay confused or if you take it to the Holy Spirit and ask for His help?”

“That is what I usually do,” I replied, “and you’d be surprised at how many times that helps.”

“No, I wouldn’t be surprised at all,” was Stan’s response.

“What you hear and are able to understand comes from how open you are to the leading of the Holy Spirit,” Stan continued.  

He then said, “I know that sometimes, maybe always, the words that come out of my mouth are bumbling.  The Holy Spirit takes my feeble effort and turns the words into something understandable to the person who He is leading.”

“Thus,” he continued, “if you are confused by anything about God, whether it is something I say, or something you read or hear elsewhere, and you take it to the Holy Spirit for His leading, that is a very good thing.  If you don’t, it is not.”

“The Holy Spirit has the marvelous ability to take what Mr. Bumble says, and make it understandable to the person who is seeking to understand.”

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And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.  1 Corinthians 2:4, 5.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, that you empower my feeble and bumbling efforts to present and explain you.  May I never think that any supposed eloquence of speech would do more than what you can and will do through your Holy Spirit into the life of each person willing to seek your guidance.  Use me as you will for whatever purposes you want.  Thank you for wanting to use me.  Please lead and help me to follow.  Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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