Really? I mean seriously, did I just do that again? Did I just say that? Where in the world did that come from? Have you ever been dumbfounded by something you did or said? I have, and not more than two hours ago. There are principals of Scripture that I know, which should keep me from saying such dumb things, or doing that “stupid thing” again. But here I am, on the other side of doing the Stupid. I am looking inside my own brain trying to figure out what triggered me this time. In the Age Old Classic tale “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens; Scrooge tells Marley’s ghost that he doesn’t believe in him because he might be “just a bit of under-done potato.”
Maybe that’s it! I ate something that didn’t agree with me, and I went off and said something that I regret, something I just can’t take back. Nope, it’s just plain sin that is the more likely culprit. SIN is sneaky like that. It crouches at the door to our hearts, just waiting for an opportunity to pry open the locks and catch us off-guard. There are two Spiritual Principles I have learned over the years that have served me well in these matters, when I take heed to them.
First, Stop telling people what I am doing, God is leading me, and that is enough. I found this Life Principle in The Book of Nehemiah: 12 And I arose in the night, I and a few men with me.
I did not tell anyone what my God was putting into my mind to do for Jerusalem and there was no animal with me except the animal on which I was riding. (Nehemiah 2:12)
I prayed and asked God to show me what causes me to tell people what God is asking me to do. He revealed to me that it is my lack of Trust in Him, His Sovereignty and Power, that causes me to tell others. I am basically, fishing for help from people and waiting on, relying on, and trusting in God alone.
Second, God showed me a Life Principle in His Word that encourages me to carefully weigh and ponder all words spoken by mankind, even those I feel I can trust fully. He has been compelling me to fully lean on Him and to trust His leading in all matters. People have opinions, but God has The Truth. This Life Principal is found in Ecclesiastes:
21 Also, do not take seriously all words which are spoken, so that you will not hear your servant cursing you. 22 For you also have realized that you likewise have many times cursed others. (Ecclesiastes 7)
James tells us that: “we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well.” (James 3)
We all get it wrong sometimes. And if you are like me, you get it wrong often. But God always gets it right and we can rely fully on His Word, His Promises, His Son, Jesus Christ, and the leading of His Spirit. So we can stop “doing the Stupid,” by being still and knowing He is God. Have a Blessed Day in Him.