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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Conversation (face to face) (10/07/10)

TITLE: Speaking with our Lord Aright
By Philip Barrington


Speaking with our Lord aright

If I had a conversation with our Lord face to face, I wonder what it would be. Would I tell Him about what somebody else has done to me? I wonder if it would be about what I did for someone else.

It is amazing today how often we say things about others. The amount of misunderstanding in conversation that happens between two or more people is staggering.

Would we discuss the love that we have for our Lord? That would go against man’s nature.

A love one killed by some kind of accident might be a topic to talk to Him about. Maybe we would ask him, Why did you do it Lord? That would be hard to ask a person that question let alone our Lord. Yet there may have been times when that question has already been asked.

A natural disaster has happened the day before we spoke to our Lord. A house is lost, a child dies, or hundreds of lives destroyed. Would we be game enough to ask our lord “why” face to face?

Yet, complaining and asking our Lord is done on a constant basis in our thoughts, our deeds in talking with others, and even in our prayers.

May be our prayers are not answered because we do not give him the praise He deserves. Maybe we are talking or thinking behind his back. Or even discussing what is unnecessary with others.

It remains our responsibility to talk to him in prayer and to others the same way we would talk to him in person face to face.

People get hurt when they find out that what they have said is behind someone’s back. I wonder what our Lord may think. Our blessings, prayers and fellowship could be hindered because of it.

Think about it. Would we want to be hospitable and have conversation with someone who was talking behind our back all the time? I think we would lose fellowship with that person quickly or even instantly.

Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I show the salvation of God. Psalm 50:23

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/21/10
You make an excellent point. How often I've been hurt by another's words yet I've had the audacity to question God from time to time. It breaks my heart to know I have hurt Him.
Jan Ackerson 10/23/10
Thought-provoking devotional.

There seemed to be somewhat of a lack of focus or flow.

I love the word 'aright' and its connotation--a very apt title for this little gem.
Yvonne Blake 10/24/10
Great thoughts!
Too often we don't think of things from God's POV. When we learn to trust in His soveriegnity, we rest in His wisdom for our lives.
Thanks for writing this.
Genia Gilbert10/24/10
I liked your examples of what we might talk with God about. Real conversation with God is the heart of keeping our walk with Him up to date, and this is a good reminder.
Allison Egley 10/24/10
Good thoughts.

However, I don't think it's necessarily wrong to ask God "Why?" even if it were face to face. If it's in anger, yes, that would be wrong. But if it's honestly wondering, I don't think God has a big problem with that.

I do get your main points, though, and they are good ones.
Lollie Hofer10/26/10
Good thoughts here...will give me some things to ponder. Thanks for sharing.