Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Speak Often, One To Another

This is part of our “Together We Can” group
and one of our current projects, quilts for a boys’ ranch.

Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee? Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts? And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.

Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. (Malachi 3:13-17 KJV)

Malachi is full of contrasts, though it’s a fairly short book. God is aware of what the people are saying, and He answers them correctly. Our pastor did a study of Malachi on Wednesdays and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the contrasts.

Here the contrast is between those who see no profit in even believing in God, and those who aware of and constantly seek His presence. It appears to me that by speaking often together, it was much as Jews would later hear:

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:25 KJV)

This past Sunday, Easter, there were so many people in our sanctuary that chairs had to be added into the foyer to provide enough seating. Visiting children sat with parents, or vice versa, assembled to acknowledge the resurrection of our Lord. It was a blessing to see so many family members worshipping together.

I think it could be similar to those Malachi wrote of, speaking to one another of their experiences with the Lord, recalling a memory of shared prayer – could be positively answered prayer, continuing prayer or a new request to help lift each other spiritually. They think upon His name, and are His jewels as well as being a blessing to each other.

Solomon told how being together makes us stronger because we help each other:

Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 KJV)

Take time to speak to one another, building those threefold cords that are not quickly broken, helping each other as together much more can be accomplished. I’ve seen this in our monthly “Together We can” meetings where we’ve accomplished a lot in a couple of years, working together to change lives. I would venture to say that readers have experienced similar and perhaps are willing to share those accomplishments, please?

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