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
God instructed the Apostle John to write everything he heard and saw and promised a blessing to everyone who heeds the writings that became the book of Revelations. John’s obedience benefited the church of his day and continues to bless us thousands of years later. The written word is so powerful it can become an uncontrollable entity that lives longer than its author. Thoughts and ideas conceived hundreds, even thousands of years ago, are still alive today because someone wrote them down.
Today’s digital revolution in communications makes the things we write almost impossible to erase. Thoughtful meditation should precede the knowledge we preserve in writing because there are some things that should not be written.
John was obediently writing the vision of a powerful angel descending from Heaven wrapped in a cloud, crowned with a rainbow, his face radiant and legs fiery pillars. When the angels shouted the voice of seven thunders spoke. John was about to write what the thunders said when he was abruptly interrupted with the command, “Do not write it down.” John knows but we will never know what the thunders spoke.
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 that we may write only what you approve. Amen.