August 29, 2021

Utter What's Precious

In Jeremiah 15, the prophet said to God, Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your Name [vs. 16]. God responded Therefore thus says the Lord: If you turn back, I will take you back, and you shall stand before me. If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless, you shall serve as my mouth. It is they who will turn to you, not you who will turn to them [vs. 16].
When I was young, my grandmother took a couple of long trips out west. She brought back some rocks she picked up in the desert, and she put them in a rock polisher. When she was finished, what looked like a colorless, jagged piece of junk came out smooth and beautiful and filled with color. Somehow, she knew what she was doing, because not every ugly old rock would work. She had to be able to distinguish what was a beautiful mineral in the rough from just an old rock. What went in was transformed into something beautiful when it came out.
Such is the case with what we as human beings consume—what we read, what we listen to, what we devote our time to. Jeremiah, for example, had a passion for taking in God's word. And because of what he read—what he listened to—his speech was transformed. A student of God's word, he spoke God's words to others.
Jesus told us the same thing about love. It's a two-way street. God loves and lives within those who love God and keep God's word. What goes in grows. And what grows will come out in the way we live and the way we speak. 

Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.
 John 14:23
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
May I open my life to your word, O God, that my life may be open to others who need you.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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