We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


Oswald Chambers said, “Soak continually in the one great truth of which you have had a vision; take it to bed with you, sleep with it, rise up in the morning with it. Continually bring your imagination into captivity to it and slowly and surely as the months and years go by, God will make you one of His specialists in that particular truth.”

Published in: on January 23, 2011 at 10:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

Should I Keep Silent?

“Be still, and know that I am God.”

Scripture doesn’t shy away from reminding us that seeking God often requires stillness, silence, and waiting. But our culture is fast forgetting what it means to be still. Truly, though, it is in the still, small moments of life that God often speaks to us.

Francois Fenelon writes,
“I think . . .that you should try hard now to practice silence . . . Silence promotes the presence of God, prevents many harsh and proud words, and suppresses many dangers in the way of ridiculing or harshly judging our neighbor. Silence humbles the mind, and gradually weans it from the world; it makes a kind of solitude in the heart . . . it will supply all that you need . . .”

Perhaps one of the most moving stories I have ever read that exemplifies this truth, was the story of a little boy named Geoffrey-the main character in a book called True to the Last. Though just a young boy, Geoffrey had a keenness of conscience which is rarely seen in children. When accused of wrongdoing he did not commit, Geoffrey bore the guilt, rather than tattle on his brothers or cousin. Though false accusations pained him greatly, he, at a young age, understood that the power of God is often unleashed in silence and waiting.

Oh how I wish that my children were young again so that I could have looked at their faces and peeked into their hearts as they listened to this most life-changing story! If your children are still at home, please read this story as a family. I truly thought that Hand on the Bridle was the best book I’d read this year, but this one clearly stands by itself in the line-up of the world’s greatest stories ever written.

Published in: on January 23, 2011 at 3:38 am  Leave a Comment