“Because the Lord has need of it.”– Luke 19:31
Is there anything we have that God would need? Does the Lord need our help to accomplish His will? Of course not! Yet, for some reason, our Creator allows us to be instruments in His hands to be part of His plans. And anything He has given to us, including our resources, skills, and abilities, remains available for His useful purpose.
When Jesus sent the two disciples ahead to gather the foal, they were given specific instructions on approaching the situation. If that were not enough, Jesus also gave them the words to say if they were asked what they were doing. They were to let the owners know, “The Lord has need of it.” And, as they loosened the colt, they were asked. The disciples responded as Jesus had commanded. They did not add to or take away from the Lord’s words (Deut. 4:2; Revelation 22:18-19).
Over the centuries, God’s Word has been added to and taken away from. The Christian needs only to look at the false writings and claims of cults like Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Mormon Church. They argue that God finally gave them the truth in the 1800s, and all that came before them were wrong. They are indeed condemned for “leaning on their own understanding” and not acknowledging the Lord in all their ways.
The Lord requires our silence as well as speaking the truth through our lives. It is from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45). What we are consuming in our souls will come out through our speech. Through the Bible, the Lord provides for us His Word to speak. But are we reading? And, if we are seeking, are we obedient? Are we quiet where the Bible is silent, and do we speak only what Jesus tells us to say? Only talk about what you do know. May that simply be Christ, and Him crucified!
“And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”– 1 Corinthians 2:1-2