Have you ever said something and later wondered, Did I really say that? I remember a time when I was visiting someone in a nursing home. The person I was visiting was worried and anxious about what might happen to them as they approached death. In our conversation together, words came out of me that, upon later reflection, I thought must have been someone else’s words spoken through me.
Moses, in our reading today, mentions this. When the Lord spoke to Moses, God promised to put God’s words in the mouths of prophets. Recall that Jesus also advised his disciples about days of persecution, “So make up your minds not to prepare your defense?for I will give you words and a wisdom?” (Luke 21:14-15)
Each time we read the living words of God in the Bible, we are given an opportunity to listen to God speaking to us. In turn God will use us, through the Holy Spirit, to relay the words to those who need the assurance that God is with them in whatever needs they may have. What a precious gift.
Gracious God, with your words, help us to comfort those in need. Amen. — RW