"Those who honor me I will honor" 2 Samuel 2:30
Devotion given my Teena Myers, author of Finding Faith in the City Care Forgot at the September 2012 meeting.
And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down.” Revelations 10:4, NIV
The author of Revelation had been instructed to preserve in writing everything that he heard and saw for the benefit of the church. God promised a blessing to everyone who reads Revelation and takes its message to heart. Not only the church of the authors day but thousands of years later we continue to benefit because someone obeyed God’s instructions to write.
The written word is powerful. Once something is preserved in writing it can become an uncontrollable entity that will live longer than its author. Thoughts and ideas written hundreds, even thousands of years ago are still alive today because someone wrote them down. Write something on the internet and whether it is true or false, whether you’re proud of it or ashamed of it erasing it is impossible.
There are some things that should not be written. The author was obediently writing everything shared with him when he was abruptly interrupted with the command, “Do not write it down.” As writers we need to handle our words with care. Words can heal but they can also wound. Words can comfort but they can also discourage. Therefore we need to be led by God’s spirit when to write and when to stop writing.
Please give us an ear to hear your instructions to write that we might write only what you give us to write. Amen.