(1 Peter 4:11a NIV).
Anyone described as an oracle of God should feel a little trepidation in their heart. The Bible says that the one that speaks for God should speak as if he or she is speaking the “very words of God.” How does one approach this remarkable admonition with confidence and yet in humility?
The Bible does not say that teachers and preachers are God, but it does say oracles of God, and that’s close enough to make one nervous. We all realize that God is not in our bio. We do not have his job qualifications, omniscience (all-knowledge), omnipresence (all-present), omnipotent (all-powerful), etc. He is infinite, and we are finite. He is perfect, and we are imperfect. He is all loving, and our love is dependent on the circumstances and how we are feeling that day. The list goes on and on. Recognizing all this, the only reasonable thing we can do is to ask for help. We realize that in our strength it is an impossible task, but we also recognize that through God we can do all things (Philippians 4:13 NIV). So, we move forward with a realistic estimate of ourselves (humility), and yet, confidence in God to perform his Word. And I might add, leave the results to God.
Don’t be afraid to try. My experience has been that God has given me the things I need to know, to say the things I need to say. No one gets it right a hundred percent of the time. But the wonderful thing about God is, that with a humble heart, God can even use our mistakes for his glory.
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Ken Barnes the author of “The Chicken Farm and Other Sacred Places” YWAM Publishing