God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. —Ecc. 5:2
I had written another devotion for this week. There wasn’t anything particularly wrong with it–it may have even blessed someone–maybe even several someones. Maybe I’ll post it someday and it still will. Who knows? All I do know is this …I’m not posting it now.
I’m not posting it now, because right now it just seems like a bunch of words.
And Jesus is worthy of far more than just a bunch of words.
I’ve made a commitment to write regularly. If I just write when I feel like it, I don’t end up feeling like it all that often. But there’s this peculiar tension between being intentional and being authentic. I want to be intentional to use and develop the gifts God has given me–when I feel like it and when I don’t–but I never want to waste time writing a bunch of words just because I can.
And I can. I can go on autopilot. I can write good words about great spiritual truths that are absolutely real and that I absolutely believe … yet feel absolutely no connection to them.
Sadly, for me anyway, no connection usually means I’m settling for something less than the best. It usually means I’m trying to write something just to write something. It usually means I haven’t dialed into where Jesus really is right now–I haven’t discerned what the Holy Spirit is breathing on right now. And, for me, that’s not okay.
It’s not okay and tonight I couldn’t let it go. So here I am. Again. It’s late now. I should go to bed. But I’d rather lose sleep than give him less than my best.
So I’m taking another crack at it even though this isn’t shaping up to be much of a “devotion.” I’m not sure the words even fit the Scripture all that well. But I’m totally okay with that. I’m okay with it because this time the words are coming from my heart.
Here’s the thing … Jesus is glorious. He is amazing. He is worthy of my adoration, my praise, my worship. He is worthy of my all.
He is high and lifted up–enthroned above the circle of the earth. He is beautiful beyond description. He reigns in sovereign control over all of creation. He is holy and righteous; faithful and true. He is great, and greatly to be praised.
He is so much greater and so much more glorious than even the very best of my weak words could ever possibly express. So if I can’t–at the very least–offer him words that come from the sincere overflow of this heart he has so ridiculously, completely, and lavishly ruined with his love …
Then I should just let my words be few.
Thank you Jesus for simply being who you are. Whether with my words, or with my silence, may all I do bring honor and glory to your name ~Amen.
I hadn’t thought of this song for years, but it fits so well that I’m posting it just for fun: