“As is often the case,” Stan began, “things said in everyday conversation are in total conflict with what God wants.”
“What do you have in mind?” I asked.
“I was in the apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans this morning,” Stan continued, “and was struck by a truth he wrote that is the opposite of the common expression that ‘silence is golden.”
He continued, “The source of that expression is a bit clouded, but it seems to mean that it is preferable to say nothing rather than to speak. If that is true and if it would have been followed by the people who introduced me to the truth of God, I would still be in darkness.”
“Also,” Stan said, “it is the exact opposite of the truth that Paul expressed about faith coming from hearing, and hearing coming from the word of Christ.”
“Just like I would still be in darkness if the people in my life had chosen to be silent rather than bring me to the truth, or bring the truth to me, my life on this side of eternity is to be dedicated to speaking the truth, not to being silent about it.”
“Changed eternal destinations and changed lives on this side of eternity hang in the balance. I don’t want to be on the wrong side of silence. And God doesn’t want that for me either!”
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. Romans 10:17.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the truth about your provision for life eternally with you when my time here is done, And thank you for the truth of what you have for me to be and to do on this side of eternity before then. Thank you for those who brought me to that truth and who brought that truth to me. I confess all of the times I have been silent rather than speaking your truth into the lives of the people you have brought before me. Please forgive me. I need and I ask for all of the help you can provide in being bold in speaking the truth. Satan wants me to be silent, but you do not. I choose you and what you have for me. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.