Today's reflection comes, via 'Fresh from the Word' from John Birch
Called to Speak Out
A young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ aide since youth, spoke up and said, “Moses, my lord, stop them!” But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!” Then Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp. (Numbers 11:24-30)
I have been in meetings where people have sat around a table and struggled to get a discussion going, because no-one wanted to be seen taking the lead. I have also been part of a gathering where the most unlikely participant has contributed something very profound and had a real impact on the outcome of that discussion - because they were passionate about a particular subject.
I wonder how often decisions are made in families, churches, business or even government where someone sitting around a table has longed to shout, “No!” or “It won’t work!” and ended up saying nothing for fear of upsetting others or being seen as a troublemaker?
It’s very difficult to look back in hindsight and think “I knew that would go wrong!” if you were not willing to put your head above the parapet and say so at the time!
So when you are sat in a church meeting and the discussion has got around to mission and outreach, and you just feel you’ve got to say something because you’re pretty sure this has come from God… are you likely to find a willingness to consider what you might say, or will it be greeted by grumbling and hostility?
Moses was so pleased that God was empowering, by his Spirit, people within the camp who were unafraid to stand up, speak out and share God’s word with the people.
Maybe that is a lesson for some of our churches!
Lord, by your Spirit empower your people with the courage to stand up and speak your word in due season, that your will might be done.
How many times have you stayed silent and then afterwards regretted not saying anything?
John contributes Bible notes each year for 'Fresh from the Word' daily Bible study notes published by IBRA (International Bible Reading Association) (more info here)