Now this verse just below may look like nothing more than a description of the apostle Peter beginning to preach, and you may be led when you read it in the Bible to do nothing more than keep reading on. But please don’t miss what I missed for years reading it.
“Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.” Acts 10:34-35
What did I miss? Note the language, “…opened his mouth, and said…” Does something seem peculiar about this as it does to me? Aren’t they unnecessary words in this? Shouldn’t the verse simply read, “Then Peter said…”?
Friend, I am not a Bible expert. I didn’t go to seminary. Most importantly, I am not the Lord and cannot speak for Him. But I believe there is an important reason concerning these extra words. Why should we know Peter opened his mouth and then spoke? I believe it is because the Lord is showing us that He filled Peter’s mouth with the words He wanted him to speak!
Too often in my ministry work, and in life in general, I have opened my mouth and started babbling. Just talking away. Speaking anything whatsoever in my heart and that came to mind. Instead of putting my trust in the Lord, yielding myself to Him, and giving Him free reign over my words.
What if instead of always rushing to speak whatever lies in our flesh we would slow down and make sure we are surrendered to the Lord and to His will and trust Him to lead us in speaking? What if we strove to make sure all we say not to mention all we do is pleasing to the Lord? I have such an extremely long way to go in this, friend, but I’m bound and determined to learn how to speak according to the will of – and for the glory of – Christ! Will you join me in this?
“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:” James 1:19