The battle is raging. If ever we needed “a clear call” from the bugler, it is now. Are you responsible for passing on information? Tighten your lips! Hit the right note! Don’t garble that message!
Insight for Today
Written by Chuck Swindoll, these encouraging devotional thoughts are published seven days per week.
Garbled messages aren’t unique to the military. They provide the perfect fuel for gossip sessions and just the right ingredient for slanderous slams. Garbled messages are dangerous; they can ruin our relationships and hurt our homes.
Initially, somebody won’t understand and you’ll not be able to explain. Yet you are convinced it’s best...it will glorify God...it can be supported by scriptural principles...and it’s right.
Radical adjustments make waves, not friends. Heads sometimes roll and hearts often break. The uninvolved public seldom understands or agrees, especially at the outset.
As difficult as it may be for you to believe this today, the Master knows what He’s doing. Your Saviour knows your breaking point. The bruising and crushing and melting process is designed to reshape you, not ruin you. Your value is increasing the longer He lingers over you.
Take one of those many things that keeps dragging you under and search for a creative way to solve the problem. And don’t quit until it’s done...and that smile of relief returns to your face.
It takes guts to innovate, because it requires creative thinking. Thinking is hard enough, but creative thinking—ah, that’s work!
I have tried and I cannot find, either in Scripture or history, a strong-willed individual whom God used greatly until He allowed him to be hurt deeply.
With a well-worn leather sling and a smooth stone, and unbending confidence in his mighty God, David introduced Goliath and all the Philistine hordes to the Lord of hosts, whose name they had blasphemed long enough.
Some 10 miles away, a handsome, muscular teenager—the runt in a family of eight boys—was sent on an errand by his father. That innocent errand proved to be an epochal event in Jewish history.