Throughout history, messages for their time – have sometimes made a resounding difference to what took place subsequently.
Most of us ‘ordinary’ folks, are not going to make such speeches or write such messages.
One immediately thinks of Martin Luther King. Television has given us snippets of his famous speech, periodically, ever since it was delivered.
As I am not from USA, I hazard a guess that the message means more to Americans than the rest of us. Even though we can appreciate it’s contents, and how historic etc. it was.
Churchill’s famous radio speech(es) during war time, is/are another example.
Perhaps the best speech you have ever heard was when your teacher drew you aside and gave you an exhortation about behavioural matters, or presented you with a different mental outlook than the one you carried up to that point in your young life. You were never the same again.
Maybe a circumstance arose that meant you had no choice but to travel a certain career path, and it led unbeknown to you at the time – to a lucrative lifestyle. And the proverbial ‘haven’t looked back since’ came into play in your life.
Maybe you were going well astray into crime, and a caring policeman went the extra mile in showing you interest and concern. So that through his counsel you found a path to wholesomeness.
A good example was the influence the Preacher Man David Wilkerson made on a young Nicky Cruz. You can read the whole story in the famous book: The Cross and The Switchblade’.
Different deliverers of the message, different content, different times, words in season, when you needed to hear them.
A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, And a word spoken in due season, how good it is!
“The Lord God has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned.
So is there a word for you in this season? Think of the enormity of the messages flying around the internet. Think of the enormity of the messages being posted as we speak.
Think of the ‘Likes’ you will hit, if you spend time reading posts. Each blog a different message.
Messages, photos, communications, philosophies, religions, teachings on ‘how to’, humour, zaniness, etc. etc.
All come at a certain time, or season.
According to Proverbs 15/23 we can have joy by what we say, by what message we pass on. Even ‘Hello how are you?” Given at the right time to the right person, can help.
In Isaiah the writer tells us that God can actually give teaching to us. Messages from the heart and mind of the Creator, written in the many books compiled into what we have named the bible.
The writer, given the tongue of learning. With the purpose that he should speak the right word at the right time.
Now all we need is a willing heart ready to act on what we have read or heard.
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer…