Yes, Lord, Please Put Words in My Mouth.

“I have put my words in your mouth and covered you with the shadow of my hand-” Isaiah 51:16 (NIV)

As an author who works fervently to communicate her meaning clearly —well aware there are variables beyond her control— I wholeheartedly agree with the familiar rebuttal,

“Don’t put words in my mouth.” 

No one wants to be misunderstood or misrepresented. 

No one.

In a recent conversation with someone I know on only a very casual, circumstantial basis, our twisted dialogue ended with me being characterized a liar and hypocrite.

Way to mangle my meaning.

It begged the response,  “Now, don’t put words in my mouth.”

The only One to whom I ask the opposite is God, the Word incarnate, to Whom I plead, “Please, please put words in my mouth.”

In the beginning, the Word was God…and made His dwelling among us. John 1:1, 14

His word is perfect. His word transforms. And He uses His people to communicate the message of love and salvation through spoken words, whether delivered from a large platform or in the midst of one-on-one conversation.

I will help you speak and will teach you what to say. Exodus 4:12 (NIV)

When I’m overcome with fear about what to say or I’ve convinced myself I have nothing of value to say, I need God to put words in my mouth. 

He promises He will do this, that the Holy Spirit in the moment will teach me what to say.

When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say. Luke 12:11-12 (NIV)

When others have convinced themselves they know what I mean, it can result in a mire of mischaracterization, either lowering me to someone with no greater value than toothpaste or elevating me far too close to God’s holy throne.

When God’s words are in my mouth, He will be rightly exalted and His perfect purpose accomplished.

What about you? When have others put words in your mouth? Have you experienced a need for God to give you the words to say and He accomplished this in amazing ways?

Mary

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