11 When they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not worry about how or what you are to speak in your defense, or what you are to say; 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” Luke 12:11-12
Things can get dicey out there in this world. We find ourselves in circumstances not of our own choosing. It reminds me of what Frodo said to Gandalf in Lord of the Rings. He said
Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought.
In this world of intrigue and uncertainty, we have a God who will give us the words to speak that will encourage others and strengthen ourselves. So often, we don’t wait on Him, we don’t ask Him what He would have us do. We just “REACT” to situations and circumstances.
That is what I did yesterday, I just reacted to an unforeseen circumstance. I’m sure you all can understand that one of the easiest places to lose your cool is when driving, especially when you are already frustrated about something else. I wasn’t prepared, because I was whining and complaining about something else that went wrong, and then “boom,” I reacted badly to another person’s bad behavior. It’s that quick.
I know My Lord has forgiven me, I asked Him too, and He promised that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 JN 1:9) But I say all this to encourage each of us to spend lots of time alone with God, for in these times, He is preparing us to actively respond in His way, to unforeseen circumstances and situations. When we learn to wait on Him and keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, than we too shall find ourselves speaking right words, like “apples of gold in settings of silver.