When… we are persecuted
“The LORD God has given me the tongue of a teacher; that I may sustain the weary with a word.” Isaiah 50:1
There are situations and circumstances which arise when our actions and words have been misunderstood or even misinterpreted Sadly, this is so. We can only do so much to “reinterpret” ourselves to others.
I remember as a young pastor standing at a public forum to speak to a local community issue involving the welfare of young people and their families. In an attempt to be “creative” I began my comments with the words, “If I can speak on behalf of God…” I felt my words were appropriate to the issue while at the same time my passion was on full display. One person publicly took offense at my claim to be speaking for God. A number of other people spoke with me before I left who also felt I was “out of line” for even having spoken as a pastor in such a public forum. Their position was related to a belief that a faith motivated position should not be spoken in public because it was too” personal.”
Their rebuke surprised me and caught me off guard. A day later I received a phone call from another person who had been present at the meeting. They had identified me, search out my contact information and then took the time to call me, all in order to encourage and support me. What a gift that was.
I believe the LORD gave that stranger a compassionate heart and a “gifted tongue” to sustain me with a simple word.