The truth is that there is more to gain from denying ourselves than there is in stubbornness. Sure, it feels amazing to swear how right you are and persuade others to believe you. Sure, it seems as though “they’re getting away with what they did” each time you choose humility… but is that really true?
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. Matt 12:35-36 NIV35 The good man from his inner good treasure flings forth good things, and the evil man out of his inner evil storehouse flings forth evil things.36 But I tell you, on the day of judgment men will have to give account for every idle (inoperative, nonworking) word they speak. Matt 12:35-36 AMP
Matt 12:34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
Matt 12:37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
It takes faith to believe God will work everything out, but whatever amount of faith you can muster will count.
I recently read a blog on a man explaining how he attended a prayer meeting where someone brought out a jar of mustard seeds. He held a seed on the tip of his finger and he was astonished at how small it was.
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 (NIV)
One of the participants suggested that each person get a seed or jar of seeds to keep near them. They could go and pick up a seed whenever they needed a jolt of faith and reminder of God’s ability to handle their situations.
I shared this story with a friend. This morning, in prayer I requested help with perspective. I felt like the evil person in verse 34 who was so full of emotion and lacking in biblical wisdom/character.
The friend I shared the story with texted me this afternoon saying they bought me a jar of mustard seeds. God’s uncanny ability to find ways to whisper “I’m here and I hear you” always touch me.
For those reading this, I’m unsure what you’re carrying but I’d like to reiterate that message to you. Surrender your load at the feet of God in Prayer. He’s with you. He hears you. Draw near into the quiet.
Your behavior doesn’t disqualify you from an encounter with God right where you are.