I woke today so early in the morning with such an urgency in my spirit. I heard these words, “Silence is not always golden” especially when God is calling you to be a voice. I stood in the dark as everyone slept peacefully and I began to pray.
My eyes stay open through the watches of the night,
That I may meditate on your promises.
As I meditate in my quiet hour of prayer, I am not only thinking of the promises for me but of the promises of others. I pray for them. If the moment arises, then I can reach out and share what God has placed on my heart. Sometimes I feel that urgency to stay still and wait for God to move. Other times, it is so pressing upon my soul that I know I cannot be silent. I have to speak His word, especially when it is for exaltation and edification. This is not a word to tear down, or of warnings–those I don’t always like to be put in that position. But for a word of edification indeed and so I will share it.
And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
1 Thessalonians 5:14
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction.
2 Timothy 4:2
Words of edification help push people to their purpose and promise. It is telling them, “We can’t do this without you.” It is reminding them of the call that is upon them and speaking to that gift. It propells and challenges them. That is what I feel so compelled to do and in doing so, that brings me such a tremendous peace.
If we are not here for the Kingdom of God, then what are we here for?
What’s it all worth?
We must encourage one another and remind one another. The Apostles Paul and Peter wrote repeatedly in an effort to constantly remind others. That is what we follow. In those steps and in that order. We speak words of life. Words of hope. Words to uplift. For too many people have allowed themselves to be the vile vessel to tear down. That is not what we want to get ourselves snarred in. That is where problems begin and go out of proportion. There is a way to change all that and it is to speak wholesome words. That is the woman I want to become. That is the way I desire to walk and speak.
There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword,
But the tongue of the wise promotes health.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
Today, who can you uplift with your words? Who has God placed before you so that you can share encouraging words? Who can you speak to and not “talk about”? Who can you exhort today? Maybe it is your family, friends or even a co-worker. Maybe you can send an email or text message. There are so many avenues that we can use where we can find that one or two that you can reach out to and lend some cheer. Even if it is something simple. For in the day that you may need it, it could be sown back to you.
For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged;
and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
But exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,”